Bug 179140 - mc hangs when copying symlinks over fish
mc hangs when copying symlinks over fish
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mc (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
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Reported: 2006-01-27 13:02 EST by Doncho N. Gunchev
Modified: 2013-07-02 19:13 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-05-06 11:33:50 EDT
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Description Doncho N. Gunchev 2006-01-27 13:02:13 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko/20051111 Firefox/1.5

Description of problem:
mc hangs when I try to copy symlink(s) over fish.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. on machine A create a directory and copy a big (say 8K) file inside
2. on machine A create some symlinks to this file
3. on machine B try copying (to machine B) this directory over fish

Actual Results:  mc waits forever when trying to copy the first symlink

Expected Results:  should copy symlinks as well as files

Additional info:

I think mc gets the file size and somehow starts filling the local file with the remote symlink's path (which is shorter) and waits for more data forever or something like that. When I killall mc I see the symlink as normal file, localy, and it is as long as the remote symlink's path was (symlink to 'dir/file' makes 8 bytes long local file).
Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2006-01-27 15:31:32 EST
Ok, I need more details to reproduce it.

What I've done is:

1. mkdir test; cd test
2. dd if=/dev/zero of=file count=16
3. ln -s file link
4. ln -s file link2
5. from machineB: cd /#ftp:machineA, select directory test
6. synchonize both panels (alt-i)
7. create directory test2 in the other panel
8. copy directory test to directory test2 via fish

mc reports: Cannot create target symlink, Function not implemented (38) for each
symlink and "file" is copied with no problem.
Comment 2 Doncho N. Gunchev 2006-01-28 08:40:56 EST
Why ftp? fish is over ssh, not ftp. Do this:  
ssh fedora   
mkdir Z   
cd Z   
cp /usr/share/dict/words .   
ln -s words words1   
ln -s words words2   
ln -s words words3   
cd /#sh:fedora/home/mr700   
select Z and copy it. This time (after waiting a lot and the remote machine 
being also FC4, not FC3 as it was in my first test) I got 5 byte long 
"words1", "words2" and "words3" files with "1080" inside. In addition, when 
listing the remote dir Z over fish all symlinks look like normal files with 
the same size as the linked file has (4951020 bytes in this case). 
Comment 3 Doncho N. Gunchev 2006-01-28 08:43:36 EST
... and you've found new bug with ftp (Function not implemented)? :) 
Comment 4 Jindrich Novy 2006-01-28 09:02:30 EST
On the fish, ftp confusion: Yeah, it was Friday ;)

Now I can see it. In my case only the non-symlinked file is copied and then mc
hangs. In the destination directory there is only the non-symliked file, nothing

The "Function not implemented (38)" is actually a feature :)

I'll have look more into it after the weekend.
Comment 5 Christian Iseli 2007-01-22 06:24:34 EST
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?

Comment 6 Doncho N. Gunchev 2007-02-20 08:06:21 EST
Yes, if it does not hang, it copies only strlen(symlinked_file_name) bytes 
from the file as a new regular file. Today my tests resulted in X byte files 
only (no crashes).
Comment 7 Doncho N. Gunchev 2007-02-20 09:01:52 EST
The "I am providing the requested information for this bug." checkbox is 
broken (for konqueror)?
Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 22:07:19 EDT
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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 11:33:48 EDT
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
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