chflags(1) unaware utilties

illoai at illoai at
Tue Aug 10 21:22:49 UTC 2010

On 9 August 2010 14:00, Alexander Best <arundel at> wrote:
> hi there,
> chflags(1) mentions that a few utilities including pax(1) aren't chflags aware yet. is there a list of all those utilties available somewhere?
> also: i don't quite understand why this is in the BUGS section of chflags(1) and not in the pax(1) manual itself [1]. this doesn't seem very logical, since the bug doesn't exist in chflags, but in pax not supporting chflags.
> so if someone decides to use pax and wants to know if there are any problem with it, there's no way for the average user to stumble upon the fact that chflags isn't supported in pax.
> in fact the pax(1) manual states that `pax -p e` will "preserve everything". this is plain wrong!
> cheers.
> alex
> [1]

AFIK, pax is a POSIX thing, and as such working
correctly or sanely would violate its posix nature.
(POSIX is an anagram of "Pox?  Si!")

Is cpio chflags-aware?


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