Subject: Re: wierd behaviour of mkdir(2)
To: Yoav Cohen-Sivan <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 10/19/2000 23:13:53
[ On Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 23:55:08 (+0200), Bert Driehuis wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: wierd behaviour of mkdir(2)
> It is an old debate that has no Posixly correct answer, if I recall
> right. It is very counterintuitive to allow mkdir to implicitly descend
> into the directory it is about to create, and the only reason this
> practice is so widespread is that historically System V allowed this
> (due to a bug in their namei implementation, to add insult to injury).

NO!  Not a bug -- a very explict design *feature* that's been there
since at least v6, if not before!  UTSL!

							Greg A. Woods

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