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Bug 230052 - ls -lL displays dangling symlinks with full path
Summary: ls -lL displays dangling symlinks with full path
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils
Version: 6
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact:
Depends On:
Blocks: FC6Update
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-26 10:47 UTC by Emmanuel Thomé
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: 5.97-12.5.fc6
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2007-04-19 08:25:16 UTC

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Description Emmanuel Thomé 2007-02-26 10:47:35 UTC
Description of problem:

ls -lL displays dangling symlinks with full path.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
dixsept /tmp $ mkdir a ; touch a/b ; ln -s d a/c ; ls -lL a
total 0
?--------- ? ?     ?      ?            ? a/c
-rw-r--r-- 1 thome spaces 0 Feb 26 11:42 b
dixsept /tmp $ touch a/d ; ls -lL a
total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 thome spaces 0 Feb 26 11:42 b
-rw-r--r-- 1 thome spaces 0 Feb 26 11:42 c
-rw-r--r-- 1 thome spaces 0 Feb 26 11:42 d

Expected results:

The question marks aren't really a problem. However I find it quite odd to have
``a/c'' displayed in the first example, while I would have expected a plain ``c''.

Previous versions of coreutils failed with ``a/c: No such file or directory''.
It's neat to still display the file, but it would be even better to have the
basename displayed.

Additional info:

Might be NOTABUG if there's a good rationale for it...

Comment 1 Jim Meyering 2007-02-26 10:56:56 UTC
Thanks for the report.
FYI, this is fixed in newer versions.
With coreutils-6.7-8.fc7, I get this:

    $ mkdir a ; touch a/b ; ln -s d a/c ; /bin/ls -lL a
    /bin/ls: cannot access a/c: No such file or directory
    total 0
    -rw-r--r-- 1 meyering meyering 0 Feb 26 11:53 b
    l????????? ? ?        ?        ?            ? c

Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2007-02-26 11:23:06 UTC
I'll add this to the list of things to backport to FC-6.

Comment 3 Jim Meyering 2007-02-26 11:40:19 UTC
Thanks, Tim.
BTW, here's the upstream patch that fixed it:;a=commit;h=9e0a095be64

Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2007-04-17 11:48:30 UTC
Actually it turned out that the real bug was in the SELinux patch.  Here is that

--- coreutils-5.97/src/ls.c     2006-10-03 17:18:16.000000000 +0100
+++ coreutils-5.97/src/ls.c     2006-10-03 17:18:16.000000000 +0100
@@ -2690,7 +2690,7 @@
          f->filetype = type;
          memset (&f->stat, '\0', sizeof (f->stat));
-         f->name = xstrdup (absolute_name);
+         f->name = xstrdup (name);
          return 0;

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2007-04-18 22:37:32 UTC
Fixed in update: coreutils-5.97-12.5.fc6

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