bin/144411: [patch] mtree(8) doesn't reject non-regular files for -X

Garrett Cooper gcooper at
Sun Aug 29 10:54:31 UTC 2010

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM, Garrett Cooper <gcooper at> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM, Bruce Evans <brde at> wrote:
>> On Wed, 31 Mar 2010, Bruce Evans wrote:
>>> On Tue, 30 Mar 2010, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>>    I'm not 100% satisfied with this patch now. Looking back it fails
>>>> the following case:
>>>>     -P    Do not follow symbolic links in the file hierarchy, instead
>>>> con-
>>>>           sider the symbolic link itself in any comparisons.  This is the
>>>>           default.
>>> -P should have the same semantics and description in all utilities.  The
>>> description should not have grammar errors like the above (comma splice).
>>> ...
>>> I now see that the grammar error is from the original version of mtree(1),
>>> and is probably one of the things you don't like.  mtree also has -L, but
>>> not -R or -P or -h.  It is not clear how any utility that traverses trees
>>> can work without a full complement of -[HLPR] or how any utility that
>>> ...
>> Looking at the actual patch, I now see that it is about a completely
>> different problem.  You would only need to understand the amount of
>> brokenness of -P to see if you need to use lstat().  I think -P is so
>> broken that mtree on symlinks doesn't work at all and not using lstat()
>> would be safest.
> Hmmm... so I take it that this is actually the first step in many to
> fixing this underlying problem? I suppose I should be opening bugs for
> all of the itemized issues that you see in mtree(8) so someone can
> submit patches to fix the utility?
>> The patch has some style bugs.
> Please expound on this -- I want to improve my style (without having
> to rewrite the entire program of course) -- so that it conforms more
> to the projects overall style rules; of course there are some cases
> where I can't readily do that (like pkg_install -- ugh), but I'll do
> my best to make sure that the rules are withheld.

    Just for the record, here's the latest patch that I submitted to
Bruce for this PR.
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