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bug#7325: new test failure due to non-portability of printf formats like

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#7325: new test failure due to non-portability of printf formats like %05.3s
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 14:20:50 +0000
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 On 06/11/10 02:54, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 11/04/2010 11:34 PM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>> I still slightly prefer just using %.X as
>>> it's backwards compat with older coreutils (excluding 8.6).
>> So do I.
> I built that and tried it out, and found another problem that has been
> annoying me for years in other programs: 'stat' prints out unnecessary
> trailing zeros for time stamps, when the file system resolution is
> coarser than nanosecond resolution.  So I figured I'd fix that too,
> for 'stat' (other programs can be fixed later).  With this fix, %.X
> outputs the time stamp but omits trailing zeros if it can infer that
> the file system would always put zeros there.  If you want a specific
> number of zeros, you can use something like %.3X or %.9X (or %.100X :-).

Interesting. So it's variable precision by default

$ touch -d '1970-01-01 18:43:33.5000000000' 2; ~/git/t/coreutils/src/stat -c 
"%.W %.X %.Y %.Z" 2
0.000000000 63813.500000000 63813.500000000 1289052572.699980883
$ touch -d '1970-01-01 18:43:33.5000000000' 2; ~/git/t/coreutils/src/stat -c 
"%.W %.X %.Y %.Z" 2
0.00000000 63813.50000000 63813.50000000 1289052573.53698077

I like it.

BTW you dropped a blank line at the end of the NEWS section.


p.s. I'm marking this bug as done

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