cp error -- oh the great sanity of *nix tools?!?

Christopher Faylor cgf@redhat.com
Mon Jun 25 14:14:00 GMT 2001

On Mon, Jun 25, 2001 at 04:22:47PM -0400, Soren Andersen wrote:
>The Estimable Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc) <lhall@rfk.com>
>wrote: Re: cp error -- oh the great sanity of *nix tools?!?
>> At 03:29 PM 6/25/2001, Soren Andersen wrote:
>>>It IS still `cp' s fault, too.  The message is cp's utterly unhelpful
>>>and misleading way of telling me that the source files named as command
>>>parameters don't exist -- and what the heck is THAT?  That's a
>>>bona-fide BUG if ever I was bitten by one.  I am really astonished at
>>>this, in GNU software.
>>Would this be the same bug in cp that Chris Faylor announced a fix for
>>last week?
>I sure hope so! That would be great news all the way around.  IOW,
>Chris is as usual doing great, relevent work that benefits many people,
>and maybe people won't be bitten by this bug in the future.

Don't be too happy yet.  There have been a few reports of problems with
my implementation.  I'm tinkering with it now.

The real problem is that this functionality should probably be in cygwin1.dll
but it is incredibly tricky to get right.


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