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bug#6124: basename/dirname are not POSIX compliant on arg starting with

From: Vincent Lefevre
Subject: bug#6124: basename/dirname are not POSIX compliant on arg starting with a dash
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 16:24:10 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20-6083-vl-r35499 (2010-04-24)

On 2010-05-06 07:41:59 -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
> No, you're missing one other key point of POSIX:
> http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/V3_chap01.html
> Section 1.4, OPTIONS:
>     Default Behavior: When this section is listed as "None.", it means
> that the implementation need not support any options. Standard utilities
> that do not accept options, but that do accept operands, shall recognize
> "--" as a first argument to be discarded.

OK, an alternative way would be that an exception is added to POSIX,
just like for "echo".

>     The requirement for recognizing "--" is because conforming
> applications need a way to shield their operands from any arbitrary
> options that the implementation may provide as an extension. For
> example, if the standard utility foo is listed as taking no options, and
> the application needed to give it a pathname with a leading <hyphen>, it
> could safely do it as:
>     foo -- -myfile
>     and avoid any problems with -m used as an extension.

However, if extensions are allowed, this would mean that many scripts
would have to be fixed.

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