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Re: Ubuntu V 6.06 LTS for your PC

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Ubuntu V 6.06 LTS for your PC
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 22:28:22 +0100

On 8/4/07, Robert Ryding <address@hidden> wrote:
> Also, for the reason why I am sure your group was contacted about this is
> because that was what the Terminal program gave me as an email address for
> bug reports and support.

Thanks for explaining.   GNU/Linux distributions are huge engineering
efforts which bring together many hundreds of programs, written by
thousands of individuals and companies.  On my system here I have over
3100 separate self-contained programs, not counting libraries,
configuration files and so forth, of which a tiny proportion are part
of coreutils :-

$ ( IFS=: ;  find $PATH -type f -executable -print ) | sort > allprograms
$ wc -l allprograms
3142 allprograms
$ dpkg -L coreutils | sort  > coreutilsfiles
$ comm -12 allprograms  coreutilsfiles | wc -l

Only 91 of those more than 3100 programs are actually part of
coreutils.  Unfortunately you have misinterpreted the output of
whataver program you invoked.   I'd guess that output looked a bit
like this:-

$ factor --help
Usage: factor [NUMBER]...
  or:  factor OPTION
Print the prime factors of each NUMBER.

      --help     display this help and exit
      --version  output version information and exit

Print the prime factors of all specified integer NUMBERs.  If no arguments
are specified on the command line, they are read from standard input.

Report bugs to <address@hidden>.

This output only means, in this example, that we support the "factor"
program, which is one of the 91 coreutils programs I have installed on
my desktop machine here.


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