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SubjectRe: RFC: allow empty symlink targets
On 05/15/2013 03:40 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 05/15/2013 06:38 AM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
>> On 01/17/2013 04:22 PM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>> On 01/17/2013 01:03 PM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>>> The discussion leading to this is at
>>>> In summary other systems allow an empty target for a symlink,
>>>> and POSIX specifies that it should be allowed?
>>> In relation to this, Eric Blake said:
>>>> In today's Austin Group meeting, I was tasked to open a new bug that
>>>> would state specifically how the empty symlink is resolved; the intent
>>>> is to allow both Solaris behavior (current directory) and BSD behavior
>>>> (ENOENT). Meanwhile, everyone was in agreement that the Linux kernel
>>>> has a bug for rejecting the creation of an empty symlink, but once that
>>>> bug is fixed, then Linux can choose either Solaris or BSD behavior for
>>>> how to resolve such a symlink.
>>>> It will probably be a bug report similar to this one, which regarded how
>>>> to handle a symlink containing just slashes:
>> Following up from
>> It seems POSIX will now allow the current Linux behavior of returning ENOENT,
> Huh? Linux currently doesn't allow the creation of an empty symlink.
> That link mentions the current BSD behavior of returning ENOENT when
> resolving such a symlink (that is, what stat() does when chasing through
> an empty symlink, provided such a symlink is first created).

Ah OK. The standards are hard enough to interpret,
never mind the comments discussing the standards :)
Not helping was that symlink() returns ENOENT in this case too.

>> or the Solaris behavior of allowing empty symlink targets.
> The point made in that bug report is that Linux is buggy for not
> allowing symlink() to create an empty symlink in the first place; once
> you allow the creation of an empty symlink, then how to handle such a
> symlink in stat() is up to you whether to copy Solaris' or BSD's example.

OK cool, that make more sense to me.

Adding in a couple more recipients to garner interest...

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