Re: rmdir(".") works, and causes havoc

Linus Torvalds (
6 Aug 1997 17:34:04 GMT

In article <>,
John Kodis <> wrote:
>On Mon, Aug 04, 1997 at 09:23:24AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> I'll probably just have to add a test for "." and ".." by hand to rmdir().
>> Sad, because it _could_ be potentially useful, it's just not allowed in
>You could follow the precident set by the FSF. Allow the new enhanced
>behavior by default, but provide a switch, for example:
> $ echo "1" > /proc/POSIXLY_CORRECT
>To force the POSIX-mandated brain-damage.

I much more like the original FSF name which got shafted due to some
bore complaining about it: "POSIX_ME_HARDER"