Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 220717
fixfiles -f causes /tmp to be cleared, which is not what the manpage says it does
Last modified: 2008-01-23 15:54:11 EST
Description of problem:
The fixfiles manpage says that the -f option is to "Don't prompt for removal of
/tmp directory." To my mind, this implies that "fixfiles -f" will skip the
entire step of both prompting for and clearing /tmp, and will instead proceed
directly to the step where it changes the SELinux file permissions.
Instead, it goes ahead and clears /tmp without asking.
The manpage should be changed to reflect this behavior. I suggest that it should
say, "Clear /tmp directory without asking" or something like that. The current
wording is misleading.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. fixfiles -f
/tmp is cleared, and fixfiles does not prompt the user
/tmp is not cleared, and fixfiles does not prompt the user
Fixed in policycoreutils-2.0.1-2 in Rawhide
Next policycoreutils update for FC6 will have this fix.
I noticed this just got closed. But it's not actually fixed, as of
spoo:~$ man fixfiles
-f Don't prompt for removal of /tmp directory.
It's not a critical issue...
Fixed in policycoreutils-2.0.36-2.fc9