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bug#6986: [PATCH] test: add check to determine whether files are on the

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#6986: [PATCH] test: add check to determine whether files are on the same device
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2010 20:24:16 +0200

Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
> In the test program, there is '-ef' which checks whether files
> are on the same device *and* have the same inode number.
> This change introduces '-ed' which is basically the same, minus the
> inode number checking
> ---
>  src/test.c |   19 +++++++++++++++----
>  1 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/src/test.c b/src/test.c

Thank you for the patch.
However, can you make a case for adding this to test
rather than using an existing tool like stat?

For example, here's a tiny shell function:

      local d1=$(stat --format=%d "$1") || return 1
      local d2=$(stat --format=%d "$2") || return 1
      test "$d1" = "$d2"

You could use it like this:

    $ same_dev a b && echo same
    $ same_dev a / && echo same || echo different devices
    different devices

That it's so easy to accomplish the same thing with
existing tools makes it hard to justify adding the feature.

Besides, if you're really interested in getting this feature
into "test", you don't want to start with coreutils.
Its "test" program is used only rarely, since "test"
is always a shell built-in, these days.
Thus you'd want to request that your feature be added
to at least bash and zsh.

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