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Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:13:38 +0100
From: Florian Weimer <>
To: Rich Felker <>
Cc: Paul Eggert <>,   Gnulib bugs <>,,
Subject: Re: bug#39236: coreutils cp mishandles error return from lchmod

* Rich Felker:

> Note that in any case, musl's lchmod/fchmodat is not affected since it
> always refuses to change symlink modes; I did this because I was
> worried that chmod on the magic symlink in /proc might pass through
> not just to the symlink it refers to, but to the symlink target if one
> exists. With current kernel versions it seems that does not happen; is
> it safe to assume it doesn't?

I saw it happen with sshfs over FUSE. 8-/

Yet another reason to put in a check before performing the chmod.

> Further, I've found some inconsistent behavior with ext4: chmod on the
> magic symlink fails with EOPNOTSUPP as in Florian's test, but fchmod
> on the O_PATH fd succeeds and changes the symlink mode. This is with
> 5.4. Cany anyone else confirm this? Is it a problem?

Interesting. Let me update the other thread.

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