Subject: Re: Larger rm Change
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Jason R. Fink <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/07/2003 12:30:48
Taking those out is easy.



On Tue, Jan 07, 2003 at 12:26:52PM -0500, Andrew Brown wrote:
> >THe first rm change I sent out was not quite right. In
> >this one I have pulled in all of the FreeBSD code.
> >The only part I do not like about this *version*
> >is the IMMUTABLE tests. They seem a bit on the long
> >side.
> i dunno about "long", but at a quick glance it seems that they remove
> the user immutable and append flags, if set (and if running as root)
> so that the rm will have a greater likelihood of succeeding.
> this seems to me to violate the principle of least surprise.
> personally, i *expect* those flags to make rm fail.  in the case that
> they do so, rm prints an error, and then i can decide if i really
> meant to remove that file (and remove the flags and try again if i
> really really meant to remove the file).
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J Fink
NetBSD Developer
Senior Sysadmin/Programmer