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Re: Problem installing coreutils-5.2.1 over the same prefix

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: Problem installing coreutils-5.2.1 over the same prefix
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2004 09:16:59 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> "Paul" == Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:


 Paul> "mv -f" was not in 7th Edition Unix (in fact, the lack of -f is listed
 Paul> under BUGS in the mv man page).  I vaguely recall running into old
 Paul> systems that lacked mv -f back in the 1980s.  I'd be surprised to see
 Paul> such a system in use today.  I put that comment in "just to be safe".
 Paul> I'd say it's safe these days.

Thanks for the clarification!

 >> The autoconf manual claims that `mv -f' is portable

 Paul> I couldn't find that claim with a quick search of the CVS version of
 Paul> the Autoconf manual.  Perhaps I didn't use the right regexp.

FWIW, it's in 

Limitations of Usual Tools
     The only portable options are `-f' and `-i'.

Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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