Bug 209041

Summary: Handling of -i -f is inconsistent
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Horst H. von Brand <vonbrand>
Component: coreutilsAssignee: Tim Waugh <twaugh>
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Description Horst H. von Brand 2006-10-02 22:39:09 EDT
Description of problem:
"mv -i -f" overwrites the destination, no questions asked.
"cp -i -f" asks if it should overwrite.

The handling of -f is inconsistent in coreutils. Yes, this is documented this
way. But it is irritating anyway. Particularly with the aliases set up by Fedora
as default.

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Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2006-10-03 04:34:40 EDT
The behaviour of these flags (and this difference between cp and mv) is
specified by POSIX.