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Re: find change

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: find change
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 13:24:35 +0100
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On Sun, Jun 06, 2004 at 10:31:20AM -0400, Richard Stallman wrote:
> find has options called -path and -ipath;
> however, this use of the word "path" is contrary
> to GNU standards.

(This is documented in section "GNU Manuals" of standards.texi)

> Could you add, for the next version, new options called -wholename and
> -iwholename, which do the same jobs?

This change has now been made in the CVS source for findutils.  Use of
the predicate -ipath generates a warning about the deprecated status
of -ipath.  Use of the predicate -path does not, since -path is also
implemented by the HP-UX operating system.  In the findutils
documentation, the examples that previously used -path now use

> Are the names -path and -ipath GNU extensions, or are
> they there for compatibility with other versions of find?

It turns out that -ipath is a GNU extension but -path is there for
compatibility with HP-UX.


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