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

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Alignment bug in ls with UTF-8 filenames under Mac OS X
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 00:35:40 +0100

Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
>> >> 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.

We disagree.

IMHO, it would be unwise to make such a global sacrifice for
a single, buggy, closed-source terminator emulator.

However, if someone tells me which version of Apple Terminal
is affected, I'll mention the work-around in the coreutils README file.

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