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suggestion for 'ls' coreutil, comma'd filesizes in -l output

From: smu johnson
Subject: suggestion for 'ls' coreutil, comma'd filesizes in -l output
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:23:37 -0700

Dear coreutils email maintainer,

I have a suggestion for 'ls'.  My idea is a GNU extension switch which commafies (for lack of a better word) the filesizes in the basic -l output of integers.  This has been the default for 'dir' since MS-DOS, but I think it might be a good addition for an optional switch in 'ls', in which case i'd "enable it" by making / modifying my alias for 'ls'.

Right now I use a frontend for 'ls' written in Perl to do the same job, but as you can probably guess, the solution is a bit cludgey and likely prone to fail down the road.  But right now, its output is:

sjohnson@web1:/tmp/sjohnson$ ls -l test*
-rw-r--r-- 1 sjohnson sjohnson    13,824 2012-12-10 13:32 test1.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 sjohnson sjohnson     9,973 2012-12-10 12:13 test.bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 sjohnson sjohnson        71 2013-04-10 17:49 test.txt

Any thoughts or comments greatly appreciated.  Thank you for reading.

smu johnson <address@hidden>

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