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Re: bug with 'test'
Re: bug with 'test'
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 12:25:54 -0500
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Eric Blake wrote:
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You broke threading again. Usually on mailing lists, you want to hit
reply-to-all instead of reply.
Actually, no; on every single mailing list I've ever been on (unless you
count those old "string a thousand E-mail addresses together in the Cc:
field" AOL messes) except for this one and the Enlightenment user list,
the Reply-To field has been set and so a simple Ctrl-R has been
sufficient. Regardless of how one may feel about the correctness of a
mailing list setting Reply-To, I don't think that "usually" applies.
According to The Wanderer on 12/8/2005 11:55 PM:
As it happened, I had also tried '[ ] ] --help', and got the same
message - but presumably this can be explained in the same way. It
somehow seems a little weird that such fundamental programs don't
permit options to come in 'any place which isn't nonsensical', but
I'll admit that I don't see any way they could do that and still be
as useful in the ways in which they are...
POSIX mandates some non-typical behavior on several of the coreutils;
for example "echo --" must print "--" instead of ignoring it, or
"printf %s - --help" must print "--help" instead of treating it as an
out-of-order option. But where POSIX does not forbid it, the bulk of
the coreutils have GNU behavior of accepting any number of options,
in any location prior to the first --.
I somehow suspected as much. Virtually every behaviour which has seemed
odd to me about one of these things has turned out to be a POSIX
requirement. (And, as I indirectly noted, sometimes it makes sense once
I spend enough time thinking about it.)
Hmm. Speaking of echo and its requirements, is there any way to have it
print '-n', '-e' or '-E' in an instance where they are not preceded on
the line by anything which is not a recognized option?
And, as long as I'm asking off-the-thread-topic questions anyway,
something various people (including me) have ben wondering about which I
know I'd never get around to starting a thread to ask: is there any
reason why 'mv' does not have a --preserve option, comparable to that of
'cp'? I would have found it useful on quite a number of occasions, and
have been forced to resort to copying manually and deleting by hand
afterwards. Admittedly it can be automated somewhat by find and/or by
scripting, but the absence still seems puzzling.
Warning: Simply because I argue an issue does not mean I agree with any
side of it.
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.
- bug with 'test', Adam Chou, 2005/12/08
- Re: bug with 'test', The Wanderer, 2005/12/08
- Re: bug with 'test', Eric Blake, 2005/12/08
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- Re: bug with 'test', Eric Blake, 2005/12/09
- Re: bug with 'test', Jim Meyering, 2005/12/09
- Re: bug with 'test',
The Wanderer <=
- Re: bug with 'test', Paul Eggert, 2005/12/09
- Re: bug with 'test', The Wanderer, 2005/12/09
- Re: bug with 'test', Paul Eggert, 2005/12/10
- mailing list headers (Re: bug with 'test'), Bob Proulx, 2005/12/09
- Re: bug with 'test', Eric Blake, 2005/12/10