bin/166553: find -delete documentation is misleading

Matthew Story matthewstory at
Sun Apr 1 17:30:17 UTC 2012

The following reply was made to PR bin/166553; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthew Story <matthewstory at>
To: Richard Kettlewell <rjk at>
Cc: freebsd-gnats-submit at
Subject: Re: bin/166553: find -delete documentation is misleading
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:24:03 -0400

 On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 5:24 AM, Richard Kettlewell <rjk at> wr=
 > The documentation for 'find -delete' includes the following remark:
 > =A0 =A0It will not attempt to delete a filename with a =93/=94 character =
 in its pathname relative to =93.=94 for security reasons.
 > This reflects a defensive test early in f_delete. However, the test will =
 not succeed, since find does not use FTS_NOCHDIR, so entry->fts_accpath sho=
 uld never contain "/".
 $ # show test succeeds
 $ mkdir -p foo/bar/baz
 $ find ./foo -delete
 find: -delete: ./foo: relative path potentially not safe
 The reason that fts_accpath contains a leading ``./'' in this case is
 that fts, even without FTS_NOCHDIR, does not chdir into the parent
 directory of depth 0 directories on the first pass, fts_accpath will
 always equal fts_pathname on depth 0 FTSENTs.
 > I suggest that this remark be deleted from the man page.
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