Description of problem:
I have a script that performs a test ([ -w /etc/passwd ]), and it's
returning as if /etc/passwd is writable when it really isn't. I had
set the immutable flag on /etc/passwd, then ran the script, and it
didn't pick up that passwd was not writable. This works on RH9.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RH9 - test (GNU coreutils) 4.5.3
Fedora 1 - test (GNU coreutils) 5.0
Script functions as if /etc/passwd was writable, when in fact it's not.
Test should return the proper value to allow scripts to function properly.
Test does appear to return the proper values. For instance, if I do a
'test -w /etc/passwd' at a prompt, then 'echo $status', it doesn't
return a 0 to me. However, in scripts, this doesn't appear to be caught.
You filed this bug against coreutils, but the coreutils-provided
'test' (/usr/bin/test) uses access(2) to determine writability -- and
this returns the result you want.
The bash built-in (both [ and test) use stat(2) and this just looks at
the regular file permissions.
Reported upstream via bashbug.