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Re: Grep --directories option (POSIX)

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Grep --directories option (POSIX)
Date: 02 Jun 2003 13:23:42 -0700
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address@hidden (Paul Jarc) writes:

> Solaris allows read() on a directory,

Yes in some cases, but not always.  It depends on the filesystem.

> but you get the raw binary data.  Reading by default here, though
> possible, is probably not a good idea.

I don't see why it's a bad idea.  By default grep will output either
'Binary file matches' or nothing; sometimes this is useful
information.  It normally costs little to do the read.

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