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Re: gnu parallel in the bash manual

From: John Kearney
Subject: Re: gnu parallel in the bash manual
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:54:48 +0100
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Am 16.02.2013 09:50, schrieb Pierre Gaston:
> I don't quite see the point of having gnu parallel discussed in the
> bash reference manual.
> http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/bashref.html#GNU-Parallel
> I don't argue that it can be a useful tool, but then you might as well
> discuss sed awk grep make find etc..
> Or even the ones not part of the standard toolset  since parallel is
> not installed by default even on the linux distribution I know: flock
> fdupes recode convmv rsync etc...
Actually xargs could do everything listed better. and is installed by
default on most systems.
> On top of that the examples teach incorrect things eg, "the common
> idioms that operate on lines read from a file"(sic)
> for x in $(cat list); do
> doesn't even read lines!
this is actually more disturbing.

ls | parallel mv {} destdir

find -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -I{} -P <NumJobs> /bin/mv {} <destdir>
> I'd say this should be removed.
Or the examples should at least be fixed. there are terrible practices
being shown there.

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