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Re: simple patch to cat

From: Matthew Smith
Subject: Re: simple patch to cat
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 11:48:12 -0600

For very good reason.  tail is used strictly for viewing files, so it makes
sense to have a visual divider.  "cat" is short for "concatenate".  How
about this scenario. You break down a file into several pieces, to fit onto
floppies. You copy them back onto a filesystem somewhere. You cat them back
together again into the original file. What do you think will happen when
you try to run the binary program if cat has just put a bunch of dividers
into the file?


> try tail on multiple files, it will show a divider marking the end of
> one file, and the beginning of another.
> cat does not have this behaviour.

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