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Re: ls and root directory indicator

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: ls and root directory indicator
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:27:13 -0700
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On 02/24/2013 11:09 AM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 02/24/2013 05:39 PM, Sami Kerola wrote:
>> Hello,
>> When using file type indicator to a root, e.g.,
>> $ ls -Fd /
>> //
>> two slashes are printed. To me that feels wrong. Patch below is an
>> attempt to make root print out to be a single slash. Perhaps there is
>> more elegant way to do the same. Or maybe I am mistaking, and double
>> slash is correct, although I could not find earlier posting about
>> that.
> I agree it looks a bit awkward, but I think it's more consistent
> to keep the trailing /.  Consider a script that filters on and
> strips a trailing /

I kind of like the idea of omitting the trailing slash for roots (note
the plural); since '/' and '//' are not necessarily the same root, and
listing '//' for '/' or '///' for '//' is confusing.  However, since the
proposed patch does not special case '//', it is not an appropriate
patch in its current form.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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