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Re: submitting patch for coreutils package

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: submitting patch for coreutils package
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 12:24:25 +0100

Chris Van Nuys <address@hidden> wrote:
>    I am submitting a patch for the program 'ls'.  This patch changes
>    the way that 'ls' output's long_output ('ls -l', -g, etc).  The way
>    it changes the output is that it adds the Octal equivalent of the
>    permission modes next to the regular rwxrwxrwx style permissions.

Thank you for the offer.
However there are just too many different ways
in which people would like ls -l information to be printed,
so I wouldn't add a new option for that.

If you're interested in solving the problem in a more general
way, please consider this item from the TODO file:

  ls: add --format=FORMAT option that controls how each line is printed.

It would work much the way find's -printf predicate does.
It'd be a pretty big project.  If you're interested, please
Cc this list as you design how it will work.


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