using bazaar as root

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Fri Dec 19 23:26:01 GMT 2008

"Rahul Nabar" <rpnabar at> writes:

> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 4:37 PM, John Arbash Meinel
> <john at> wrote:
> >
> > The primary issue is that we don't version the file permissions.
> > We generally *preserve* them […]
> Just curious: Why does bzr not preserve permissions?

Since John just said that Bazaar *does* preserve file permissions, I
presume you wanted to ask why Bazaar doesn't *version-control* the
file permissions.

As I understand it, the reason is that Bazaar only version-controls
those attributes that are generally universal among the file systems
that Bazaar supports. Attributes like Unix permission bit clusters, or
Windows ACLs, are not universal among those file systems, so can't be
meaningfully supported.

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