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Re: the unicode arrow

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: the unicode arrow
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 15:08:31 +0100
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Erik Auerswald wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 07:23:12AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>> According to Michal Svoboda on 9/6/2009 5:33 AM:
>>> When doing cp -va I can see neat quotes (depending on locale), as in
>>> „blah“, but the arrow is still composed of a dash and a greater-than
>>> symbol, as in ->. Is there any plan to make the arrow also neat, using
>>> the unicore arrow symbol?
>> This was discussed last month.  The verdict is no.
>> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-coreutils/2009-08/msg00048.html
> Actually that discussion was about ls -l, which has a POSIX specified
> output format. The cp -v case is different in that it is not POSIX
> specified and already uses special characters (those "neat quotes").

What cp -v displays for quotes can be seen using `ls -l --quoting-style=locale`
The German local on my system has the quotes the OP referred to:

  LANG=de_DE.utf8 ls -l --quoting-style=locale

> I'd say that cp -v could very well use an arrow symbol (but I don't
> intend to write a patch, since this is not important to me ;-).

It's a trivial patch, though it's of marginal benefit.
Also some scripts may be depending on the output from `cp -v`,
so I'm not on for changing it.


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