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bug#22696: ls output changes considered unacceptable

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#22696: ls output changes considered unacceptable
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:06:09 -0800
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On 16/02/16 12:41, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 02/16/2016 10:48 AM, Ruediger Meier wrote:
>> What about readlink, basename, mktemp ... Why they don't have a 
>> terminal mode too?
> If a command is commonly used at the top level, it probably should do 
> something like 'ls' does, yes. The commands you mention aren't often 
> used for that, though, so it's not high priority to change them.

Also commands like these don't have human interactive formatting
like ls, such as column alignment etc., and thus are more programmatic.
Consequently they can leverage the new %q printf format
that was also added in coreutils 8.25

$ realpath_shell() { realpath -z "$@" | xargs -r0 printf '%q\n'; }

$ touch 'z 1' 'z 2'
$ realpath_shell z*
'/home/padraig/git/coreutils/z 1'
'/home/padraig/git/coreutils/z 2'


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