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general coreutils feature requests

From: Padraig Brady
Subject: general coreutils feature requests
Date: Mon Oct 14 22:55:32 2002
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du should have same color options as ls
They're both part of fileutils so the best
thing would be to create a lib that colorized
(and maybe appended *&...) given a string and type.
Then other apps outside fileutils could easily
interate the code if required then also.

tree (Steve Baker (address@hidden)) should be part
of fileutils (does file coloring also).

ls should have an option so that ls ""
prints a newline rather than
ls: : No such file or directory
This would allow you to group files in listings.

od should support -tX (print hex in uppercase)

jot would be a very nice addition

Really should be a --sort-algorithm=.... option
to sort, to allow you to add new ones cohesively.
One new algoithm that would be very nice is a
"filename" one that deals with . and [0-9] appropriately
in filenames.

printf should provide higher level functions than stdio printf, including...
%h for 1234567 -> 1,234,567
%H for 1234567 -> 1.1M (diff options for base 10 and base 2)
It should lookup the locale for the decimal char etc.
perhaps %8 %2 etc, for arbitrary bases?
maybe %us for toupper, %ls for tolower?
implement %q and %b that bash does
maybe %S for shell quoting
'%3*s' '>' should print >>>
%z for length of string

yours felling cleansed :-)

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