cp error -- oh the great sanity of *nix tools?!?
Michael A. Chase
Sun Jun 24 20:43:00 GMT 2001
One advantage with open-source over Redmond's finest is that you can always
find the error message in the source code and submit a patch with a better
message. I believe cp is in the fileutils package.
I vaguely recall similar problems being discussed in this list a couple
weeks ago. A Google search will probably find them.
** I normally forward private questions to the appropriate mail list. **
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Give a hobbit a ring and he eats fish for an age.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Soren Andersen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 19:58
Subject: cp error -- oh the great sanity of *nix tools?!?
> Dogma: GNU/*nix programming is *always* so much better than what Redmond
> can produce. Yeah, like.
> I am running a Makefile installation (`make install') and I keep getting
> this error (the package is BerkeleyDB, this is irrelevent):
> ./db_checkpoint -> /usr/sbin/db_checkpoint
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_checkpoint' and `/usr/sbin/db_checkpoint' are the same
> ./db_deadlock -> /usr/sbin/db_deadlock
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_deadlock' and `/usr/sbin/db_deadlock' are the same file
> ./db_dump -> /usr/sbin/db_dump
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_dump' and `/usr/sbin/db_dump' are the same file
> ./db_load -> /usr/sbin/db_load
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_load' and `/usr/sbin/db_load' are the same file
> ./db_printlog -> /usr/sbin/db_printlog
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_printlog' and `/usr/sbin/db_printlog' are the same file
> ./db_recover -> /usr/sbin/db_recover
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_recover' and `/usr/sbin/db_recover' are the same file
> ./db_stat -> /usr/sbin/db_stat
> /usr/bin/cp: `./db_stat' and `/usr/sbin/db_stat' are the same file
> make: *** [install] Error 1
> You know, the hacker who wrote `cp' to give this error wording needs to be
> put up against a wall and *shot*.
> What does this mean? I am sure that this is "one of those things" that
> everybody but me and two guys in Duluth seem to know.
> REALLY F*%$!)($! IRRITATED,
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