docs/166553: find(1): find -delete documentation is misleading

Jilles Tjoelker jilles at
Sun Mar 2 22:40:02 UTC 2014

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

From: Jilles Tjoelker <jilles at>
To: bug-followup at, rjk at
Cc: Matthew Story <matthewstory at>
Subject: Re: docs/166553: find(1): find -delete documentation is misleading
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:38:25 +0100

 In PR docs/166553, Richard Kettlewell wrote:
 > The documentation for 'find -delete' includes the following remark:
 > It will not attempt to delete a filename with a "/" character in its
 > pathname relative to "." 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 should never contain "/".
 > I suggest that this remark be deleted from the man page.
 In SVN r246628 and r253886 (both are in 10.0-RELEASE), I removed the two
 most common causes for the confusing error message about relative
 pathnames: if "." cannot be opened (except if find(1)'s own open
 succeeds but fts(3)'s open fails) and if an attempt is made to delete a
 pathname given as operand to find(1). The former now gives a clear error
 message and the latter is now allowed.
 Jilles Tjoelker

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