Subject: Re: SPECIAL_PERMS on files?
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Johnny Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/02/2003 20:16:39
On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 02:15:48AM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> I understand that tar/pax cannot be trusted to preserve permissions of
> directories, but why is SPECIAL_PERMS used for files? As far as I
> understand, tar/pax handles them fine.  What's the idea here?

It's primarily for when the file needs to be set to a certain user or
group that may be created by the package.  I'd gotten into the habit of
also noting setuid programs installed by the package just for the sake
of documentation.


	-- Johnny Lam <>