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Re: misc/40977: /var/backups/work/device.current is overly sensitive to ls(1) co

The following reply was made to PR misc/40977; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Taylor R Campbell <>
Subject: Re: misc/40977: /var/backups/work/device.current is overly sensitive 
to ls(1) co
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2009 11:40:26 -0400

    Date: Sat,  7 Mar 2009 02:32:23 -0500
    From: "David H. Gutteridge" <>
    I could be mistaken, but I believe you can use the variable
    $check_devices_ignore_paths that's defined in
    /etc/defaults/security.conf (and can be overwritten in
    /etc/security.conf) to specify you want to ignore tty devices.  That
    string gets turned into find(1) "-path" arguments that are then pruned.
    That could be a workaround for you.
 Yes, I think that will approximately work, but as you say, it's only a
 workaround, not a solution, and it works around only one of the
 problems, namely that of the log file's thousandfold increase in
 expansion rate.  It won't help me to see important changes in the
 diffs.  For instance, if a user named `meddling-interloper' takes some
 tty devices, I'd like to see that.

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