Subject: Re: chmod on symlink Q
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 04/30/2001 01:20:32
On Thu, Apr 26, 2001 at 12:25:01AM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> > miyu# ls -laL do-build
> > -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  351 Apr 26 00:08 do-build
> > 
> > Shouldn't the chmod change the permissions on the file the link points to?
> > 
> > This is on 1.5.1_BETA/i386. 
> To add a bit more data: this works properly on a 1.5.1_ALPHA system from
> March 19th, so I guess the error went in somewhen in the last 35 days.
> This is all code on the release branch. *cough*

If it ever worked, it was a bug.  The current behavior has been
documented for at least 7 years.  (And I see no reason to believe it's
changed, either.  The code certainly hasn't changed since March 19.
Are you SURE it worked then, or is this an `I recall doing this...'