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RE: Bug in uname

From: Walter Coole
Subject: RE: Bug in uname
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 10:11:49 -0800

Thanks for maintaining a less-than-glorious, but useful utility.

I did check to make sure I was getting the expected version of uname:

        which uname

, but attempting to repeat the symptom got proper behavior!??:

        uname -a
        Linux cloudy 2.6.25-14.fc9.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu May 1 06:06:21 EDT
2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

A look at my history shows the command I originally used:
        uname -a
        uname: extra operand `-a'
        Try `uname --help' for more information.

"Oh goody, identical commands, different behavior..."

        cat | od -c
        uname -a

        0000000   u   n   a   m   e     342 200 223   a  \n  \n

It appears that the web page I cut-n-pasted from was rendered using a
UTF8 character (0xE28093) that just happens to look like a hyphen on my

Nevermind :-)

Sorry about the .sig; it's the burden that comes of working for a
financial company.
Further sorry about the false alarm.

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Blake [mailto:address@hidden 
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 7:31 PM
To: Walter Coole
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Bug in uname

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According to Walter Coole on 12/8/2008 1:28 PM:
> uname -a
> uname: extra operand `-a'

Thanks for the report.  Are you sure you don't have any aliases or shell
functions interfering?  Depending on your shell, 'which uname' or 'type
uname' will tell you.


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