Andreas Gruenbacher wrote:
the tree walking code in acl and attr broke when resolve_symlinks() was
introduced (by me, unfortunately). Following symlinks passed in on the
command line is the intended behavior for the tools (unless in -P mode). The
first version was buggy, and so someone "fixed" it by replacing readlink()
with realpath() in resolve_symlinks().
The result is that the output of getfattr and getfacl will show pathnames that
may point anywhere. When processing a directory tree it sometimes is helpful
to treat symlinks as regular files, but resolving the pathnames is totally
After runnig into problem after problem with nftw and never ending up with
even half-way clean code, I think it's time to ditch it altogether and
replace it with sane code. So here are two patches, one for attr and one for
acl, that does that.
Files include/walk_tree.h and libmisc/walk_tree.c are identical in both
patches; that code is shared between the two packages.
Okay to apply?
I applied attr patch and tried it out on xfstests/062
(which I believe was based on one of your tests).
--- 062.out 2006-03-28 12:52:32.000000000 +1000
+++ 062.out.bad 2007-11-09 15:38:09.000000000 +1100
@@ -526,6 +526,10 @@
+# file: SCRATCH_MNT/lnk
# file: SCRATCH_MNT/dev/b
@@ -562,6 +566,10 @@
+# file: SCRATCH_MNT/descend/and/ascend
*** directory descent without following symlinks
# file: SCRATCH_MNT/reg
So for the following of symlinks with getfattr -L
echo "*** directory descent with us following symlinks"
getfattr -h -L -R -m '.' -e hex $SCRATCH_MNT
Looking at the 2nd difference...
It now picks up descend/and/ascend which contains the symlink
of descend/and --> here/up.
So that makes sense, it is following a symlink which it
didn't before and finding a dir, "up" in the linked dir.
Looking at 1st difference...
It is now showing up "lnk" which is a symlink: lnk --> dir
So why is it showing this up
and yet it is not showing descend/and (which is a link to here/up)?
So yes we are following symlinks but are we supposed
to just do the symlinks themselves as well?
BTW, do we not allow user EAs on symlinks? (I've forgotten)