[New-bugs-announce] [issue44205] shutil.copystat can fail when copying to a file system with a smaller limit

Chris Burr report at bugs.python.org
Fri May 21 11:10:36 EDT 2021

New submission from Chris Burr <christopher.burr at cern.ch>:

When copying files between systems with different limits on the size of the extended attributes that can be added to a file shutil.copystat can fail with:

/cvmfs/lhcb.cern.ch/lib/var/lib/LbEnv/2064/stable/linux-64/lib/python3.8/shutil.py in copystat(src, dst, follow_symlinks)
    377     # We must copy extended attributes before the file is (potentially)
    378     # chmod()'ed read-only, otherwise setxattr() will error with -EACCES.
--> 379     _copyxattr(src, dst, follow_symlinks=follow)
    380     try:
    381         lookup("chmod")(dst, mode, follow_symlinks=follow)

/cvmfs/lhcb.cern.ch/lib/var/lib/LbEnv/2064/stable/linux-64/lib/python3.8/shutil.py in _copyxattr(src, dst, follow_symlinks)
    327             try:
    328                 value = os.getxattr(src, name, follow_symlinks=follow_symlinks)
--> 329                 os.setxattr(dst, name, value, follow_symlinks=follow_symlinks)
    330             except OSError as e:
    331                 if e.errno not in (errno.EPERM, errno.ENOTSUP, errno.ENODATA,

OSError: [Errno 28] No space left on device: '/tmp/lhcb'

This is caused by the destination filesystem having a smaller limit on the size of the extended attributes. I think this behaviour is unexpected as other failures are silently ignored (e.g. the destination doesn't support extended attributes).

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 394118
nosy: chrisburr
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: shutil.copystat can fail when copying to a file system with a smaller limit
type: crash
versions: Python 3.10, Python 3.11, Python 3.6, Python 3.7, Python 3.8, Python 3.9

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