Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 14557
tmpwatch fails to delete directories or documentation is incorrect
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:56 EDT
The text of the tmpwatch man page for option -a implies that tmpwatch's
default behavior is to delete both files and directories.
Remove all file types, not just regular files and
The actual default behavior is to just delete regular files. Directories
do not get deleted unless -a is specified.
source code comments also indicate that proper behavior is to delete both files
#define FLAGS_ALLFILES (1 << 1) /* normally just files, dirs are removed */
*** Bug 14930 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
this was fixed for our forthcoming 7.0 release - empty directories will be
removed. -a will allow non-regular files such as pipes and sockets to be
removed as well.