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Re: chown should catch null owner:group

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: chown should catch null owner:group
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 17:05:37 -0600
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address@hidden wrote:
Please don't let me get away with
# chown : file...
# chown -R : file...
# chown . file...
# chown -R . file...
without raising an error.
"The user thought -R meant --reference. He returned on Monday to find
a pink slip on his desk as the boss was not able to access the presentation."

Um... what exactly happened? On at least coreutils 6.6 and 6.9, it simply does nothing (albeit successfully). I do get an error with coreutils 4.5.3 (don't ask me why RH3 has such an ancient version of coreutils...). But in no case did I successfully change the owner or group of my test files.

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