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Re: Yet Another test option

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Yet Another test option
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:03:57 -0400

> >>> The issue is extremely nontrivial.
> >>
> >> The normal case is to sort full releases.  The goal in "sort -V" was to 
> >> make
> >> the usual case easy, not to make the authoritative solution for an 
> >> intractable
> >> problem. [...]  In my little world, it would be quite convenient.
> >
> > This is an excellent argument for a utility to perform version comparisons.
> > Such a program could be arbitrarily complex.  This feature is too new to
> > know how it will evolve.
> /usr/bin/test ?
> Do this first in the binary then migrate to bash's test?

I was actually making an argument for an entirely separate utility to do
this.  That could be a shell script encapsulating the proper version
comparison logic.


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