Bug 4075 - /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch should have a --force flag
Summary: /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch should have a --force flag
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tmpwatch
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1999-07-16 15:29 UTC by Göran Uddeborg
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-09-02 01:23:47 UTC

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Description Göran Uddeborg 1999-07-16 15:29:52 UTC
tmpwatch by default doesn't remove files to which root does
not have write access.  Formatted pages under /var/catman
are created writable only for members of group "man".
Therefore those pages are not removed by the command in

I suggest to add the "--force" flag to this command.  This
would make the command remove old formatted manual pages, as
well as other old files failing the writability test.

Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-08-30 20:32:59 UTC
the 6.0 version of tmpwatch _does_ include the -f flag for directories

Comment 2 Göran Uddeborg 1999-09-01 20:27:59 UTC
Are you really sure?  In the stock 6.0 version?

22:22 uebn> rpm -q tmpwatch
22:22 uebn> rpm -V tmpwatch
22:22 uebn> cat /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch
/usr/sbin/tmpwatch 240 /tmp /var/tmp /var/catman/cat?

Comment 3 Preston Brown 1999-09-02 01:23:59 UTC
No, you are right and I was incorrect.  But we have changed it to the
behaviour you indicate for our next release.  Sorry for the confusion.

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