Subject: Re: kern/1043: unlink(2) should not let superuser remove directories
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Christoph Badura <email@example.com>
Date: 05/19/1995 16:12:00
John Kohl writes:
>In my 10 years of using UNIX or UNIX-like systems, every time root has
>unlinked a directory it has been accidental or inadvertent, and resulted
>in much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair. I have _never_ had
>occasion to intentionally unlink a directory with unlink(2).
Quite a couple of years ago I've routinely linked and unlinked
directories because the system didn't have symlinks. Of course, I did
that in a manner that didn't cause file system corruption. I've never
been burned by the ability to unlink directories.
A couple of weeks ago I had to corrupted directories that I was able
to fix most easily with unlinking and linking directories. With fsdb
I'm almost for certain would have messed them up beyond repair.
Christoph Badura firstname.lastname@example.org +49 721 606137
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