[PATCH] bzr tracks permissions

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Mon Sep 19 11:51:36 BST 2005

On Fri, 2005-09-16 at 10:35 +0100, Magnus Therning wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 04:09:23AM +1000, Robert Collins wrote:
> ...
> >I think we should have two distinct modes of operation.
> >
> >The default:
> >track the 'x' bit and only that. Here we read from the user, and set on
> >user and group.
> >
> >Insane-mode:
> >track read/write/execute user/group/all file-owner/file-group
> Would that include comprehensive support for ACLs on all supported
> platforms where that's available?

That would be nice. One problem is making sure we retain such info when
on a platform that cant store it, so that users on platform X don't muck
up platform Y.

given the complexities of getting such os specific support right, I
think we should start with _just_ 'x' bit support, and once that is
robust, design and implement insane-mode support. 

John - this would mean folk using bzr now will get no permissions when
insane mode is ready - no 'start recording it all now' - but I think
that this is better than having unix permissions essentially special
cased and partial code for the real thing, unless we focus on delivering
insane-mode right now, and I think that 'x' bit covers something like
95% of user needs.


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