Subject: Re: SPECIAL_PERMS on files?
To: Johnny Lam <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/03/2003 09:52:42
On Wed, 2 Jul 2003, Johnny Lam 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.

Um, so it's mostly duplicate work from what a "make install" does, no real

 - Hubert

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