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bug#9450: Bug report on 'dirname' : when jokers match several files

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: bug#9450: Bug report on 'dirname' : when jokers match several files
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:36:05 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Laurent TARRISSE wrote:
> Just let me explain... we had to reuse unix scripts, primarily
> written for HP UX
>    >uname -a
>    HP-UX ppbmo B.11.23 U ia64 3204054692 unlimited-user license
> Some of our scripts, who did function perfectly on HP-UX for several
> years, encountered problems once moved on Linux platform.
> One reason is due to dirname : on HP UX I can give several arguments
> to dirname, and as you say, on Linux I cannot. That's all. ;)

On HP-UX if you give several option arguments to dirname then the
HP-UX dirname would handle the first argument and then return an
error due to the extra arguments.  See this example:

  $ /usr/bin/dirname /one/two/three /four/five /six/seven

  $ echo $?

  $ /usr/bin/dirname /one/two/three

  $ echo $?

It is an error on HP-UX dirname to supply extra arguments too.  But
your scripts must be ignoring the error.  GNU dirname is simply
reporting the error more loudly.  :-)

What is your script expecting to happen with the extra arguments?
Surely that would also be a bug in your script since those extra
arguments are not getting processed.


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