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Re: Alignment bug in ls with UTF-8 filenames under Mac OS X

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: Alignment bug in ls with UTF-8 filenames under Mac OS X
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 19:09:26 +0100
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Jim Meyering wrote:
> Um... it *is* possible to use TABs after non-ASCII bytes and get correct
> alignment.  The only requirement is that you be using a reasonable
> (non-buggy) terminal emulator.

Yes, sure. I was only pointing out that the proposed change wouldn't need
a doc change, because the wording in the doc is already vague.

> >> in the mean time, advise people to use "-T0"
> >> (or set TABSIZE=0 in their environment) if they care about alignment
> >> when using a buggy version of that particular terminal emulator.
> Do you really think it would be better to make everyone pay (even a tiny bit)
> when there is such an easy work-around?

Given that
  - Apple Terminal is the default/normal terminal emulator on MacOS X,
  - networking/pipe speed are not critical nowadays (in the times of
    internet radio and streaming video),
  - the bug was tricky enough to analyze, that an average user couldn't do
    it by himself,
I would say yes in this case.


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