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Re: bin/47333: stat -L undocumented behavior
The following reply was made to PR bin/47333; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: David Laight <david%l8s.co.uk@localhost>
Subject: Re: bin/47333: stat -L undocumented behavior
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:43:47 +0000
On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 03:25:01PM +0000, tobiasu%tmux.org@localhost wrote:
> >Number: 47333
> >Category: bin
> >Synopsis: stat -L undocumented behavior
> "stat -L" claims to "Use stat(2) instead of lstat(2).
> The information reported by stat will refer to the target of file,
> if file is a symbolic link, and not to file itself."
> This is fine, and could for example be used to detect broken symlinks.
> Except it's not what it does. In case of a broken symlink it will fall
> back to lstat(2) and return the symlink info.
So you can detect that by noticing that the output of 'stat -L' is
still a symlink.
The man page needs fixing.
David Laight: david%l8s.co.uk@localhost
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