Bug 84001

Summary: rm queries the user before removing symbolic links to unwriteable files
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: James Prewett <download>
Component: fileutilsAssignee: Tim Waugh <twaugh>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description James Prewett 2003-02-10 21:44:44 UTC
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Description of problem:
/bin/rm behaves as if it is invoked as /bin/rm -i when removing symbolic links
to unwriteable files.

~$ which rm
/bin/rm

~$ touch /tmp/xxx
~$ ln -s /tmp/xxx ./xxx
~$ chmod 000 /tmp/xxx
~$ ls -ld .
drwxr-xr-x   25 download users        2560 Feb 10 14:28 .
~$ rm ./xxx
rm: remove symbolic link `xxx'?

Please note that rm is not aliased to rm -i (nor is there a function, etc that
would be changing which command actually gets used).


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How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. touch /tmp/xxx
2. ln -s /tmp/xxx ./xxx
3. chmod 000 /tmp/xxx
4. rm ./xxx
    

Actual Results:  I get the message:
rm: remove symbolic link `xxx'?

Expected Results:  symbolic link should have been removed without prompting me

Additional info:

fileutils-4.1.9-11

Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2003-02-10 22:48:31 UTC
Seems to be fixed in coreutils in rawhide.