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Re: bootstrap patch

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: bootstrap patch
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:09:45 +1300

Hi Eric,

On Jan 28, 2014, at 8:35 AM, Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 01/27/2014 12:24 PM, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
>>> On Jan 28, 2014, at 2:30 AM, Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>> On 01/26/2014 11:08 AM, Bruce Korb wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> "test -f .git"?  Do you mean "test -d .git"?
>>> No, because .git can be a symlink, in which case test -d .git fails but
>>> test -f .git passes.
>> Urgh. Now I'm confused... the manual page for test on my Mac says that
>> -f passes if the argument exists and is a regular file. A directory is not a
>> regular file, so -f would fail (on MacOS at least), no?
> Uggh.  'test -e' tests for existence of both regular files, symlinks,
> and directories; but is not portable.  'test -r' is a reasonable
> substitute.  But gnulib seems to be doing just fine with 'test -d .git',
> rather than worrying about the case when .git is a symlink rather than
> an actual directory.  At this point, I say we just stick to 'test -d'
> until someone provides a counterexample that doesn't work, rather than
> worrying about theory.
> Sorry for the added confusion.

No worries.  And thanks for clearing it up so quickly :)

Gary V. Vaughan (gary AT gnu DOT org)

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