[VOTE] Re: directory-handling with nALFS

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Mar 31 05:32:56 PST 2004

Reinhard wrote:
> Hello,
> I added a little check to mkdir-handler, so that it does not fail, if the 
> target is already a directory.
> I could not think of a situation, where it is considered a fatal error, when 
> the directory to create is already there. So I think, this issue is not worth 
> for profile-extension.

(We do have a Bugzilla system for this type of thing as well Reinhard, 
you should probably check that out :-))

The patch looks fine, but I'll have to leave it up to the community as 
to whether this is a good idea or not. In the past, the profile has just 
used <option>parents</option> for <mkdir> elements to allow it to 
proceed if the target path already exists. Granted, that's a non-obvious 
use of that option, but since all it does is pass -p to mkdir, and 
that's documented behavior for mkdir's -p option, that's what we've 
always done.

Let's put this to a vote, and in a week or someone can summarize the 
results: Should the nALFS <mkdir> handler _always_ ignore the existence 
of its target directory, or should it report an error if the directory 
to be created already exists?

More information about the alfs-discuss mailing list