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Re: Should -et be available?

From: Quentin L'Hours
Subject: Re: Should -et be available?
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 15:35:57 +0200
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On 25/05/2020 15:11, Peng Yu wrote:
But if your point is that -et should not be added. Then, why having
-eq (as -le -ge implies -eq)?

Therefore, I think -eq should be added to bash to make it complete in
timestamp test.

It's probably because -eq is useful in many scenarios.
But on the other hand testing that two files have the exact same timestamp seems very specific, whereas checking for instance if a file is outdated compared to another one is very common.

Things that are only useful in very specific situations and that can be achieved with simple workarounds (-e + -ot + -nt here) have very little chance to be added (even if it seems trivial) for the usual reasons: development time, maintenance, increased complexity etc.


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