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bug#9085: 'split' feature request: an option to uses e.g. '.001' as firs

From: SciFi
Subject: bug#9085: 'split' feature request: an option to uses e.g. '.001' as first suffix.
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:20:40 -0500

[Originally posted at <https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?22231> on Tue 05 Feb 2008 
07:51:09 AM GMT:]

To create UseNet binary postings to match those made by others as close as 
possible, we need to create split files with 3-digit numeric suffixes.

The problem comes when 'split --numeric-suffixes --suffix-length=3' starts 
naming the files with .000 as the first suffix.  This causes great confusion 
among much of the UseNet userbase esp'ly those running M$ systems.  It seems 
the .000 file is reserved as some kind of index for their apps [MasterSplitter 
and others], and 'split's .000 file is rejected as "unknown format".

I know... I know... UNIX® was here well-before Mr Gates & company, but trying 
to explain to those users what to do (simply 'cat' or 'copy /b' all of the 
files in numeric order) is a chore.  We who use *ix-based systems (mine's OSX) 
do not furnish DOS .bat files for those users.  Yes I've received some public 
flack about this; I have no idea if those users ever were able to reconstruct 
the original files.

I'd like to suggest an option be added to 'split' that would let us begin 
naming the files with a suffix e.g. .001 or settable by a command-line option.  
I don't know what would be a good name for this option (and whether it'd follow 
POSIX standards etc.).

I'm hoping by the absence of a .000 file in our UseNet posts, where the .001 
file is really "the beginning", this would cause the M$-based tools to follow 

As an aside, most of us normally post several .par2 files, and some of us 
construct them in such a way that simply running a par2repair utility will 
recreate the original file automatically.  So, at least for my posts, that's 
what I'm telling users to do: just run your favorite par2 util, you don't need 
to 'copy /b' beforehand.  But it'd be best if we could cause 'split' to begin 
with the .001 file as explained above.

Thank you for letting me discuss this here.

[Today's Addendum I intended to add to the original report, for historical 
purposes if nothing else:]

I've found a few simple C pgms, all self-contained, that can be very-easily 
modified to do 3-digit suffixes starting at .001, such as 'bsplit.c'.  For 
example, these were discovered with internet search engines:

Nevertheless, it would be terribly nice to have GNU 'split' modify its 
suffix-generator logic to provide a bit more customization ability in this 
regard -- right now, the coding looks way-too complicated, too much for me to 
figure out how to rewrite it for a patch.  ;)

Thanks again.

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