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'chown' of translator causes "Bought the Farm" error

From: Brent A. Fulgham
Subject: 'chown' of translator causes "Bought the Farm" error
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 12:48:20 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.18i

This is an obscure one, that probably is only encountered while
being stupid (which is how I came across it.)

If you accidentally create the device directory with improper
permissions (in my case, root.bfulgham), the devices created with
the MAKEDEV script will replicate the user ID.

If you set a translator using this device, everything is fine:

settrans -c /linux /hurd/ext2fs /dev/hd0s4

>ls /linux
bin  cdrom_image  floppy  initrd  mnt  sbin  var  work
... etc...

Now, if I change the ownership of the translator:

chown root.root /dev/hd0s4

And then try to list the files again:

>ls /linux

Computer Bought the Farm.

This persists until you remove the translator, then reattach it
under the new ownership.

This is not necessarily a bug, but is certainly unexpected behavior
for the problem.


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