On Mon, Oct 27, 2008, Edward Tomasz Napierala wrote:
> Let's say we have two directories, "A/" and "B/". We also have a
> file, "A/F". To remove that file, we need write access to "A/".
> To move that file to "B/", we need write access to both "A/" and
> "B/". Now, assume we have a directory, "A/D". To remove that
> directory, we need write access to "A/". To move that directory
> to "B/", we need write access to "A/", "B/", _and "A/D"_.
>
> I'd like to remove the last check (requirement to have write access
> to a directory we want to move somewhere else). Reason for this
> is that it doesn't seem very logical, and many systems - including
> SunOS, and our ZFS - behave differently. In other words, we have
> different semantics on UFS and ZFS.


No comment on other operating systems or standards, but I wanted
to point out that there is some logic to FreeBSD's present behavior:
When you move A/D, you must be able to write to D, because you are
modifying D's ".." entry to point to B instead of A.

>From a practical point of view, I think either behavior is fine,

but we should consider whether any security-critical applications
rely on the current behavior before changing it.
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