DO NOT REPLY [Bug 4488] Unreadable directory causes no deletion without explanation

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Sun Sep 13 15:28:41 MDT 2009

------- Comment #1 from matt at  2009-09-13 16:28 CST -------
(In reply to comment #0)
> Having an unreadable (unix permissions set to no read access) directory within
> the source directory causes a complaint that is apparently considered an I/O
> error and therefore prevents --delete and --delete-excluded from acting without
> any sort of explanation.  Such an explanation should be included in -vv output.

When I try this, I see the following message regardless of verbosity:

IO error encountered -- skipping file deletion

>  Alternatively, or in addition, a single file without read access should
> possibly not prevent other files in independent paths from being deleted.

That would be a good enhancement request.  Each directory in the file list
could have a flag indicating whether files might be missing from it; for even
finer granularity, individual inaccessible files could be represented by
specially marked file-list entries.

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