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Re: rmdir -p foo/bar/nonexistent

From: Koblinger Egmont
Subject: Re: rmdir -p foo/bar/nonexistent
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 15:11:07 +0200
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> One reading is that since step 1 fails, the entire rmdir command fails at
> that point without attempting step 2.

Yeah, well... I admit that for the first read one can easily interpret the
standard this way. However, I can't see it saying that a failure causes the
whole procedure to fail. So according to my interpretation this is "step 1;
step 2" rather than "step 1 && step 2".

It is actually similar to "rmdir nonexistent existent". The standard says
"For each dir operand, the rmdir utility shall perform actions equivalent to
the rmdir() function..." and really, it does not abort on an error, keeps on
processing subsequent arguments.

> The only question now is what do other implementations (such as BSD or
> Solaris) do in this case?

Sorry, I only have access to GNU/Linux systems so I can't help you in
answering this question. :)

Thanks very much,


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