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Re: find -limit 44

From: Bernhard Voelker
Subject: Re: find -limit 44
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:58:38 +0200
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On 07/30/2014 05:46 AM, 積丹尼 Dan Jacobson wrote:
> Perhaps a -limit option could be added to find.
> Would find -limit 22 be much more efficient than find|sed 22q ?

Thanks for the proposal, but could you please elaborate
in what combination of other flags this might be most useful?

I'm asking because I would assume that it would only / mostly
useful if the output was sorted to find e.g. "the 22 biggest files",
or "the 22 oldest files" or alike. However, find doesn't have a
sorting feature - because that is the domain of other dedicated
tools like sort.  Therefore, I cannot imagine a good use case
for "-limit 22".

So while implementing -limit might be quite easy, it would still
be more bloat to the code compared to its usefulness - considering
the above.

As you are already mentioning "find|seq 22q" which I think is one
of the better alternatives.

Thank you & have a nice day,

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