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Re: uniq: missing option -W / --check-fields=N

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: uniq: missing option -W / --check-fields=N
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 20:32:59 +0200

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Matt Keenan <address@hidden> writes:
>> Making a patch from the debian sources is not a difficult task
>> and I can provide one if necessary.
> On thinking about it further, I like the idea of having 'uniq' be
> consistent with 'sort', but I'd prefer 'uniq' to have the same syntax
> as 'sort', i.e, 'uniq' should use the same -k option that 'sort' has.
> Could you implement a patch along those lines, and give us permission
> to use it?  You shouldn't use the Debian patch unless we can be sure
> we can get written permission from its author.
> However, I'd wait for Jim's advice on this before doing any real work,
> since he'd have to decide whether GNU uniq should support a -k option.

I agree, and think I wrote exactly the same thing: uniq needs the same
-k key-selection options as sort -- probably in response to a request
to integrate the Debian patch.  I went to look for it a couple days ago,
but got side-tracked.

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