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bug#9594: 27.3 Numeric modes (File permissions): Special mode bits assum

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#9594: 27.3 Numeric modes (File permissions): Special mode bits assume file is regular
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:11:20 -0700
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On 09/24/11 14:33, Filipus Klutiero wrote:

> These correspondences assume that the file is a regular file.

Not really: for example, the phrase "execute/search"
refers to execution (for regular files) and search
(for directories), and "Restricted deletion flag or sticky bit"
is talking about directories (for deletion) and regular
files (for sticky bit).

The phrase "Set group ID on execution" is not wrong, either,
as it is saying that if you execute the file, then you set
the group ID.  This phrase is used with the same meaning in
the table in


In such a small table, one can't explain *everything*.  Since
the very next section talks about setuid and setgid on directories,
the topic seems to be fairly well covered already.  However, if
you have a specific suggestion for improving the wording while
staying within the tight bounds established by the table, then
that would help.

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