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RE: xargs: possible bug(s)

From: Phil Fisher 02
Subject: RE: xargs: possible bug(s)
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:22:23 -0000

Hi Jay
Thanks for the prompt response.
I will look and see what seems to be the AIX version implementation.

Also, on my original "bug report" (please note quotes), xargs appeared
to reject the use of -I {}.  From what I can see this does not seem to
be correct.  Can you clarify within your remit?


-----Original Message-----
From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden On Behalf Of James Youngman
Sent: 26 January 2010 18:58
To: Phil Fisher 02
Cc: address@hidden; address@hidden
Subject: Re: xargs: possible bug(s)

My recollection is that POSIX doesn't specify the effect of using both
-n and -i (-I, -L) at the same time.

I don't currently know of a commonly accepted practice for the
combination either.   However, if it turns out that there is a
commonly accepted practice (for example if 3 or more otherwise unrelated
Unix implementations do a consistent thing in this case), then we should
probably follow it.

Could you collate the evidence as to what the common behaviour is in
this case?


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