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Re: "xyargs" idea

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: "xyargs" idea
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 06:35:03 -0600
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According to Andrew Stubbs on 8/4/2006 4:39 AM:
> Ping
> Any comments anyone? Not interested?
>> So, on to what it does. The basic idea is that is is xargs for
>> programs that take two filenames, an input and an output - one which
>> exists, and one which may not (yet) exist. It takes the first name as
>> input, generates the second according to some rule, then calls the
>> program with the two names. There are many examples of such programs;
>> everything from cp to gcc. It also supports programs, such as sed,
>> which take a file and give output on stdout. It can also allow one or
>> more files to be altered "in place", via a temporary file (if
>> necessary).

Some of the ideas sound useful, but I don't know if they belong in
findutils or as a separate project.  perl can certainly already do most of
this.  And if it does get accepted, it would be nice to code it in C.  But
I'm not the maintainer, so you'll just have to wait for James' response.

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