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bug#10281: change in behavior of du with multiple arguments (commit

From: Voelker, Bernhard
Subject: bug#10281: change in behavior of du with multiple arguments (commit
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:30:36 +0100

Bob Proulx wrote:
> Alan Curry wrote:
> > Why not let the -c total be correct *and* the -s individual numbers also be
> > correct for the names they are next to? Like this:
> > 
> > $ mkdir a b ; echo hello > a/a ; ln a/a b/b ; du -cs a b
> > 8       a
> > 8       b
> > 12      total
> > 
> > The fact that the numbers on the left don't add up means there is less
> > redundancy in the output. Each number actually tells me something you can't
> > derive from the others. There is higher information content. This is good,
> > not bad.
> I like this idea.  +1

I also like the idea, but is there already consensus on the starting
question: what to do with - I call it - stacked arguments?

$ mkdir -p d/d
$ echo foo > d/f
$ echo bar > d/d/g
$ ln d/f d/d/f
$ du -s d d/d

I omitted the result, but I think Paul's question
is the important one:
  "how much disk space I'll reclaim by removing ..."
Therefore, and from a user's perspective, I'd expect
du to count d/d again for the sum of the first argument d.

Is this covered by the proposal?
What would be the output for the above example?

Have a nice day,

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