Bug 84001 - rm queries the user before removing symbolic links to unwriteable files
Summary: rm queries the user before removing symbolic links to unwriteable files
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-02-10 21:44 UTC by James Prewett
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-02-10 22:48:31 UTC

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Description James Prewett 2003-02-10 21:44:44 UTC
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Description of problem:
/bin/rm behaves as if it is invoked as /bin/rm -i when removing symbolic links
to unwriteable files.

~$ which rm

~$ touch /tmp/xxx
~$ ln -s /tmp/xxx ./xxx
~$ chmod 000 /tmp/xxx
~$ ls -ld .
drwxr-xr-x   25 download users        2560 Feb 10 14:28 .
~$ rm ./xxx
rm: remove symbolic link `xxx'?

Please note that rm is not aliased to rm -i (nor is there a function, etc that
would be changing which command actually gets used).

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. touch /tmp/xxx
2. ln -s /tmp/xxx ./xxx
3. chmod 000 /tmp/xxx
4. rm ./xxx

Actual Results:  I get the message:
rm: remove symbolic link `xxx'?

Expected Results:  symbolic link should have been removed without prompting me

Additional info:


Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2003-02-10 22:48:31 UTC
Seems to be fixed in coreutils in rawhide.

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