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Bug 4075 - /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch should have a --force flag
/etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch should have a --force flag
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tmpwatch (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1999-07-16 11:29 EDT by Göran Uddeborg
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-09-01 21:23:47 EDT
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Description Göran Uddeborg 1999-07-16 11:29:52 EDT
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 16:32:59 EDT
the 6.0 version of tmpwatch _does_ include the -f flag for directories
Comment 2 Göran Uddeborg 1999-09-01 16:27:59 EDT
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 1999-09-01 21:23:59 EDT
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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