FreeBSD 5.4: 'cp -p' does not behave as documented
derek at betty.computinginnovations.com
Mon Aug 28 18:48:24 UTC 2006
You need to run this as root so the permissions and ownership all can be
On Mon, 28 Aug 2006, Gabriel O'Brien wrote:
> Hi folks,
> FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE-p6 i386
> We have a script in our environment that is used to back up our mail logs.
> In essence it does:
> cp -p /var/log/maillog.0.bz2 /stats/maillogs/maillog-testcopy.bz2
> According to the cp man page:
> -p Cause cp to preserve the following attributes of each source file
> in the copy: modification time, access time, file flags, file mode,
> user ID, and group ID, as allowed by permissions.
> If the user ID and group ID cannot be preserved, no error message
> is displayed and the exit value is not altered.
> However, when I run this script or when I do a cp -p manually I am seeing:
> cp: chown: /stats/maillogs/maillog-copy-test.bz2: Permission denied
> For the record the user does not actually have permissions to do the chown,
> however we would still like to use 'cp -p' in order to preserve the remainder
> of the attributes and according to the docs this should be possible. Does
> anybody have any insight?
> I note this issue does not appear to exist on our FreeBSD 6.1 boxes.
> Gabriel O'Brien
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