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Date:	Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:52:28 -0600
From:	Andreas Dilger <adilger@...ger.ca>
To:	Mike Frysinger <vapier@...too.org>
Cc:	"linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org" <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH e2fsprogs] subst: use 0644 perms

On Sep 18, 2015, at 01:54, Mike Frysinger <vapier@...too.org> wrote:
> 
> When running on NFS, opening files with 0444 perms for writing can
> sometimes fail.  Since there's no real reason for these files to be
> read-only, give the owner write permission.

Actually, there IS a reason for subst to make these files read-only. They are auto-generated and any edits to these files can be overwritten and lost if their origin files are modified. 

I'd lost edits to these auto generated files many time because they are the ones that "tags" or "cscope" will jump to when searching for symbols. 

There really isn't any reason for them to be writable, so the fact that you are getting an error trying to open them for writing is a hint that you are doing, or going to do, the wrong thing and the read-only nature of the file is preventing you from going down the wrong path. 

Cheers, Andreas

> URL: https://bugs.gentoo.org/550986
> Signed-off-by: Mike Frysinger <vapier@...too.org>
> ---
> util/subst.c | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
> diff --git a/util/subst.c b/util/subst.c
> index f36adb4..e4004c9 100644
> --- a/util/subst.c
> +++ b/util/subst.c
> @@ -370,7 +370,7 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv)
>        }
>        strcpy(newfn, outfn);
>        strcat(newfn, ".new");
> -        fd = open(newfn, O_CREAT|O_TRUNC|O_RDWR, 0444);
> +        fd = open(newfn, O_CREAT|O_TRUNC|O_RDWR, 0644);
>        if (fd < 0) {
>            perror(newfn);
>            exit(1);
> -- 
> 2.5.1
> 
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