bugfindutils - Bugs: bug #54263, find -L treats ENOENT and ENOTDIR...


bug #54263: find -L treats ENOENT and ENOTDIR differently

Submitted by:  Tavian Barnes <tavianator>
Submitted on:  Sat 07 Jul 2018 07:39:49 PM UTC  
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  4.6.0 Fixed Release:  None

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Tue 18 Sep 2018 03:04:44 PM UTC, comment #2:

> find -L . -type l prints a list of symbolic links reachable from the current directory that do not resolve to accessible files.

Hmm. I never considered this before, but does the use of "accessible" here imply that EACCES should also count?

Tavian Barnes <tavianator>
Sat 28 Jul 2018 05:11:59 PM UTC, comment #1:

Reading the specification again:


This means that an error should not be thrown for broken links (well, probably
only for primitives that require the symlink to be resolved like '-printf %Y').

And later on:

The spec does not differentiate between ENOENT and ENOTDIR here.
So the current behavior seems to be debatable, at least.
I have to think about this ...

Bernhard Voelker <berny>
Project Administrator
Sat 07 Jul 2018 07:39:49 PM UTC, original submission:

$ touch file
$ ln -s nowhere broken
$ ln -s file/nowhere notdir
$ find -L
find: ‘./notdir’: Not a directory

So we get an error message if a link is broken in one way but not another. Worse,

$ find -L broken
$ find -L notdir
find: ‘notdir’: Not a directory

So at the top level, notdir is not even printed. Same with -H.

Tavian Barnes <tavianator>


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