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Re: The returned value of -prune and its documentation

From: Bernhard Voelker
Subject: Re: The returned value of -prune and its documentation
Date: Sun, 5 May 2019 12:31:34 +0200
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On 4/30/19 1:09 PM, Cristian Zoicas wrote:
> The manual page of find says the following for the -prune action:
> -prune
>        True; if the file is a directory, do not descend into it. If -depth is
>        given, false; no effect.  Because  -delete implies -depth, you cannot
>        usefully use -prune and -delete together.
> So I understand that if -depth is given then -prune behaves as follows:
>      a) returns false
>      b) it has no effect.
> The point b) is clear but I think that the documentation is not correct for
> the returned value (point a)). See the example below.

Indeed, find.1 is wrong.  The attached fixes it.

> I would add one more more thing: the documentation of -prune would be
> reformulated and  explicitly specify that -prune returns true for "both files
> and folders".

I think with the removal of the wrong "If -depth is given, false; [...]",
this is no longer needed - as for other actions like the -print family.


Have a nice day,

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