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bug#61720: BUG: omission of crucial detail in 'chown --reference' man pa

From: Michael Coleman
Subject: bug#61720: BUG: omission of crucial detail in 'chown --reference' man page (vs info)
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2023 22:07:27 +0000


The (RHEL 7) man page for GNU 'chown' has (only) this for the '--reference' 

    use RFILE's owner and group rather than specifying OWNER:GROUP values

which omits the crucial second sentence, included in the info tree:

     Change the user and group of each FILE to be the same as those of
     REF_FILE.  If REF_FILE is a symbolic link, do not use the user and
     group of the symbolic link, but rather those of the file it refers

(Note that '--no-deference' doesn't affect this behavior.)

I can't be sure, but I think the GNU build itself is generating this man page, 
as opposed to it having been created by RHEL.

I understand that the man pages are secondary and brief, but they shouldn't be 
actively misleading, IMO.


Michael Coleman
Computational Scientist
Research Advanced Computing Services (HPC)
University of Oregon

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