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bug#34110: feature request: dual-column du output, showing "real" and "o

From: Assaf Gordon
Subject: bug#34110: feature request: dual-column du output, showing "real" and "on-disk" sizes (and about that "apparent-size" concept)
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:43:39 -0700
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severity 34110 wishlist
retitle 34110 du: add dual-column showing apparent-size and disk-size


On 2019-01-17 3:13 a.m., René J.V. Bertin wrote:
On Wednesday January 16 2019 16:06:50 Assaf Gordon wrote:

I hope this helps to clarify "apparent-size".

Yes and no :) I understand what "apparent-size" does [....] My whole point is that there might be a better name.

The parameter name "--apparent-size" is not likely to be changed.
It has been named so for about 16 years (since 'fileutils 4.5.8'
which is even before 'coreutils' was created as a unified package).

Changing it would break existing scripts and user expectations.

I realise that you cannot really call the content size observable "real size" when 
reporting from a disk-usage viewpoint, but "content size" (--content-size, -C) should be 
clear enough?

Creating a second alias to "--apparent-size" is possible, but I'm not
sure it's warranted.


I think the discussion about "--apparent-size" is mostly concluded,
but the idea to have two-columns is an interesting feature request.

I'm marking this as a "wish list" item.
Concrete patches are welcomed.

 - assaf

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