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Re: Invoking as 'ed - filename' broken in ed-0.3-pre[12]

From: John Cowan
Subject: Re: Invoking as 'ed - filename' broken in ed-0.3-pre[12]
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 10:38:33 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.28i

Antonio Diaz Diaz scripsit:

> This non-standard way of invoking ed has been discontinued in ed-0.3. 
> Use `ed -s filename' instead.

While the - option is not Posix, it is *extremely* ingrained in ed
users' consciousness, and probably in innumerable scripts besides
patch.  The standard meaning of - is stdin, but editing stdin makes no
sense (in the ed model of editing), so no actual confusion should result.

I urge you to reconsider this decision and leave the - option alone.

> In my opinion, GNU patch should be changed to use the standard option 
> `-s'. 

I agree with that.

John Cowan  address@hidden  http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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