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[bug #44221] Spurious warning about non-option arguments is spurious

From: James Youngman
Subject: [bug #44221] Spurious warning about non-option arguments is spurious
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:03:49 +0000
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Update of bug #44221 (project findutils):

                Severity:              3 - Normal => 2 - Minor              
                  Status:                    None => Wont Fix               
             Open/Closed:                    Open => Closed                 


Follow-up Comment #8:

Dale's most recent comment captures precisely the reason why I added this
warning (see

The initial bug report does limit the scope of the complaint to command-lines
in which all tests are joined by AND conditions.   In those cases the warning
is, perhaps, useless.   However, it's quite complex to implement an exception
for that case accurately, since the options aren't propagated into the
resulting expression tree.    Limiting the cases in which the warning is
issued would likely require either leaving a placeholder for each global
option or perhaps parsing the command line an extra time.

I don't believe the additional complexity of either approach is justified. 
For that reason, and despite the fact that the complaint does have merit, I'm
going to close this bug as working-as-intended (for which the nearest status
code in the Savannah UI is "Won't Fix").

However, I'm willing for this not to be the end of the discussion.   If you
think that "find" can be improved in this respect and at a very small
complexity cost, please feel free to contribute (see README.hacking) a patch
demonstrating your point.


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