[issue8746] os.chflags() and os.lchflags() are not built when they should be be

Garrett Cooper report at bugs.python.org
Sat Sep 11 07:16:49 CEST 2010


Garrett Cooper <yanegomi at gmail.com> added the comment:

That definitely fixes detection for FreeBSD CURRENT with 2.7 and py3k for me.

I'm looking into providing some unit-tests, but the problem is that whether or not chflags functions on the underlying filesystem is problematic. For instance, it won't function on msdosfs (Linux calls it vfat), it won't function on ext[23] (AFAIK), and it didn't function on ZFS (until recently? I'm not sure whether or not the latest patches for ZFS enhance the filesystem to support this functionality). So unfortunately adding tests for this feature (while nice) would potentially be error prone.

Something I tried was:

>>> UF_IMMUTABLE = 2
>>> import tempfile
>>> f = tempfile.mkstemp()[1]
>>> os.getuid()
1000
>>> os.chflags('/tmp', UF_IMMUTABLE)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted: '/tmp'
>>> os.chflags(f, UF_IMMUTABLE)
>>> fd = open(f, 'w')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
IOError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted: '/tmp/tmpi_hwY7'
>>> fd = open(f, 'r')
>>> fd = open(f, 'r')
>>> fd.read()
''
>>> os.chflags(f, 0)
>>> fd = open(f, 'w')
>>> fd.write('foo')
>>> fd.close()
>>> fd = open(f, 'r')
>>> fd.read()
'foo'
>>> fd.close()

Also, the flags are missing that are described in the manpage. I'll provide a patch for those.

Otherwise, it looks like everything's functioning as expected for basic end-to-end tests with chflags(2).

Thanks!

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