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Re: Bug#160849: coreutils: bug report for GNU Core Utils

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Bug#160849: coreutils: bug report for GNU Core Utils
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 09:58:39 +0200

"Andreas 'ads' Scherbaum" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Package: coreutils
> Version: 5.2.1-2
> Followup-For: Bug #160849
> independent from this bugreport (i did not known it), i filed a bug
> report on the GNU core bug page:
> http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=detailitem&item_id=12903

Thanks for the report.
This is a common misunderstanding.
Fixing the underlying code to do what people expect will require
careful thought and is not a high priority.  In the mean time
I've added to the description that will end up in the man page.
Now, the help output for --reply looks like this:

      --reply={yes,no,query}   specify how to handle the prompt about an
                                 existing destination file.  Note that
                                 --reply=no has an effect only when mv
                                 would prompt without -i or equivalent, i.e.,
                                 when a destination file exists and is not
                                 writable, standard input is a terminal, and
                                 no -f (or equivalent) option is specified

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