Ugly, redundant and confusing regular expression in chmod manpage

Bug #55991 reported by Micah Cowan on 2006-08-11
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
coreutils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

A user just posted to #ubuntu the regex '[ugoa]*([-+=]([rwxXst]*|[ugo]))+', asking for an explanation.

The regex appears in the chmod manpage, in isolation, without the remotest explanation (or even an explanation that it is, in fact, a regex). A path-expression-type version appears towards the top of the manpage, along with detailed explanation. Surely that's confusing?

I would like this to be removed entirely from the manpage...

Unsure whether upstream would be interested... but it hardly seems appropriate for Ubuntu.

Micah Cowan (micahcowan) wrote :

(debdiff that addresses this may be found attached to bug 38538)

Micah Cowan (micahcowan) wrote :

Never mind the debdiff on bug 38538: it looks like that fix may go in a different direction.

Here's a debdiff for just this fix.

Micah Cowan (micahcowan) wrote :

This debdiff may not be appropriate. IIRC the manpage is auto-generated from the tool's usage; it should be changed there as well. And, I should really get upstream to go for it first, as it's not really worth maintaining a patch for.

Changed in coreutils:
assignee: nobody → micahcowan
status: Unconfirmed → In Progress
Micah Cowan (micahcowan) wrote :

I think I'm realizing that this fix isn't really worth the trouble of going and discussing it with upstream. If /I/ don't want to bother with it, surely nobody else will.

Changed in coreutils:
assignee: micahcowan → nobody
status: In Progress → Rejected
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