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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Invoking as 'ed - filename' broken in ed-0.3-pre[12]
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 09:45:20 -0700
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Antonio Diaz Diaz <address@hidden> writes:

> In my opinion, GNU patch should be changed to use the standard option
> `-s'. Please, can someone tell GNU patch maintainer about this?

You already did.  :-)

This is the first 'ed' implementation I've heard of that does not
support "ed -" in the traditional sense.  I will fix 'patch' to be
more portable, but 'patch' is supposed to deal with older 'ed'
implementations where 'ed -' works but 'ed -s' does not, so it'll be a
porting hassle.  And in the meantime we have zillions of installations
of 'patch' out there that will stop working with the new 'ed'.

So please revert that change.  POSIX explicitly permits the
traditional behavior, and I don't see why GNU 'ed' should depart from it.

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