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bug#6186: du in coreutils should add the -d flag as a shortcut to --max-

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: bug#6186: du in coreutils should add the -d flag as a shortcut to --max-depth
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 15:19:49 -0400
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From: Jon Ringuette <jonr <at> scharp.org>
To: submit <at> debbugs.gnu.org

Package : coreutils
Version : All
Command : du
Type : Feature Request


In the FreeBSD world it is common to have a short argument of '-d' for
--max-depth.  This greatly shortens a command one must type to when a
depth argument is used (which from my experience is often).

For example currently to say get the size of all the home directories
of users one would use : du /home -h --max-depth=1 .  It would make
life simpler and make going from FreeBSD systems to Linux systems
easier for people and scripts if the syntax : du /home -h -d 1 was
also supposed.

Thank you,

Jon Ringuette
1100 Fairview ave. N LE-400
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