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Re: sed: Patch to follow symlinks and -c option

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: sed: Patch to follow symlinks and -c option
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 15:04:39 +0100
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Sorry for the late reply.

Red Hat made a patch to address this issue and also introduced a new
-c (--copy) option which creates a copy. This patch is also
interesting for us at Novell/Suse. I do not know if this has been submitted to you yet. I ported the patch to the current CVS version of sed.
Please let me know, if you plan to include this feature.

I want sed -i and perl -i to behave as similarly as possible. Hence, the patch is rejected as is. --copy is rejected for the same reason.

However, I may accept a patch adding a --follow-symlinks options to follow symlinks (without any short option). The patch should include a configure test for lstat and readlink, omitting the feature entirely (*not* turning it into a no-op) if either is missing.

Thanks in advance,


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