Hi folks,

FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE-p6 i386

We have a script in our environment that is used to back up our mail logs. In essence it does:

cp -p /var/log/maillog.0.bz2 /stats/maillogs/maillog-testcopy.bz2

According to the cp man page:


-p  Cause cp to preserve the following attributes of each source file
    in the copy: modification time, access time, file flags, file mode,
    user ID, and group ID, as allowed by permissions.

    If the user ID and group ID cannot be preserved, no error message
    is displayed and the exit value is not altered.


However, when I run this script or when I do a cp -p manually I am seeing:

cp: chown: /stats/maillogs/maillog-copy-test.bz2: Permission denied

For the record the user does not actually have permissions to do the chown, however we would still like to use 'cp -p' in order to preserve the remainder of the attributes and according to the docs this should be possible. Does anybody have any insight?

I note this issue does not appear to exist on our FreeBSD 6.1 boxes.

Gabriel O'Brien
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