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Re: find acting weird

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: find acting weird
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:08:20 -0600
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On 06/11/2010 05:50 AM, Юрий Пухальский wrote:
>>> Same behavior as GNU findutils, as required by POSIX.
>> Can You please tell where it's required? I'm using
>> http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/utilities/find.html and
>> see nothing about the traversal algorithm.
>> I can only quote this: "If a -depth primary is not specified, all
>> entries in a directory shall be acted on after the directory itself."
>> It can be read either as "all entries in a directory, that are present
>> after -exec" or "all entries in a directory, that were present before
>> -exec".

If you think this is a bug in POSIX, then please report it to the POSIX
folks: http://austingroupbugs.net/

Your argument that the standard is ambiguous, and proposal for a better
wording in the standard, will help them determine whether it really is
ambiguous; and if the POSIX folks make a change based on your bug
report, then you can be sure that findutils will strive to implement
that change.  But in the meantime, I see no reason to change findutils
behavior unless you can prove we are disobeying non-ambiguous wording in
the standard.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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