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Re: filutils 4.1

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: filutils 4.1
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 20:58:06 +0100

On 6/16/06, James Youngman <address@hidden> wrote:
On 6/16/06, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:
> >   find $PWD/* -printf '%A@ %p\n'|sort -nr
> Wow, learn something every day.  Thanks.
> Alas, though, this mishandles files whose time stamps differ only in
> the subsecond parts, whereas 'ls' by itself would get it right.  Looks
> like 'find' is another program that needs to be updated to be struct
> timespec-aware.

I thought about this a year or so ago. The obvious thing to do is to
change %A@ and friends so that they produce a number which is no
longer an integer.  I enquired on the bug-findutils mailing list about
whether anybody thought that this would break scripts currently
depending on the existing behaviour.  At the time, I took no response
as "shrug" rather than "no".

Again, no response :)    Should I assume the feature is not useful
enough to incur the time overhead of maintaining it?


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