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[bug #46815] problem when testing file size

From: anonymous
Subject: [bug #46815] problem when testing file size
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:57:04 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #2, bug #46815 (project findutils):

Hi James,

Thanks for your quick response!

Before I decided to submit this report I checked out the current version of
GNU findutils as recommended on the project's website. The code for comparing
file sizes, which I've quoted in the report, is nearly 16 years old. Hence I
wasn't sure which version to choose from the drop-down list because the oldest
selectable one (4.1.7) has been released one year after the commit and so
*all* versions are affected.

Sorry that I didn't read the description you've quoted from the manpage. The
file has been changed only 5 days before my bug report - I didn't noticed the

I still wonder about the way GNU find compares file sizes. Rounding up an one
byte sized file to one gigabyte, for example, doesn't seem to be the way an
average user expects. I discussed this topic with various persons before I
opened the ticket. Everyone was very surprised that GNU find rounds up the
size to the specified unit. I also tested the find implementations of FreeBSD
and Busybox. As you can see both commands don't round up:

* https://git.busybox.net/busybox/tree/findutils/find.c#n1326

I would be glad if someone could state a reasonable use-case where rounding up
makes sense, because I can't find one.

Kind regards & many thanks in advance,



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