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Re: [Bug-ed] "red" doesn't restrict like "ed -r"

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [Bug-ed] "red" doesn't restrict like "ed -r"
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:28:43 +0100
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Hello Tim,

Tim Chase wrote:
$ uname -a
Linux laptop 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u3 x86_64
$ red --version | head -1
GNU Ed 1.6
$ file `which red`
/usr/bin/red: symbolic link to `/bin/ed'

As Alexander has already pointed out, the issue is in the Debian packaging. It was fixed in version 1.9, but you are using an old version of ed.

'red' was made a shell script executing "ed --restricted" in version 1.5 (2010-08-30), following the GNU Coding Standards:


"Please don't make the behavior of a utility depend on the name used to invoke it. It is useful sometimes to make a link to a utility with a different name, and that should not change what it does.

Instead, use a run time option or a compilation switch or both to select among the alternate behaviors. You can also build two versions of the program, with different names and different default behaviors."

Best regards,

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