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[bug #51926] -xtype l fails on symbolic links that have a loop

From: Tavian Barnes
Subject: [bug #51926] -xtype l fails on symbolic links that have a loop
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:54:22 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #4, bug #51926 (project findutils):

> It turns out that find treats "-xtype (anything)" as false on a
broken link, which doesn't seem to be specified in the manual page. So it
would be plausible to treat it as false on a circular link as well.

Not really:

$ ln -s nowhere broken
$ find -xtype l

That behaviour is documented here:

As far as what to do when encountering a symbolic link loop, I think it makes
sense to consider them the same as other forms of broken symbolic links.


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