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bug#52122: mv: deletes src file on error

From: Frank Busse
Subject: bug#52122: mv: deletes src file on error
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:07:09 +0000


Given two files: an old version of "foo" on a mounted USB stick:


and a new version of "foo" in /src/foo on the system's hard drive. When
I do:

sudo mv /src/foo /mnt/dst/foo

I get the following error:

mv: failed to preserve ownership for '/mnt/dst/foo': Operation not permitted

The error is fine but mv deletes /src/foo and keeps mnt/dst/foo,
meaning that the data of the new file is lost. Is this the intended
behaviour? I'm using Coreutils 9.0.

Kind regards,


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