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?
You mention -L/-P is like chown.
However, -P for getattr isn't about not walking symlinks
it's about skipping symlinks altogether, right?