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bug#29069: bug#31043: [PATCH] changed presentation in 'File permissions'

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#29069: bug#31043: [PATCH] changed presentation in 'File permissions' in 'numeric, modes'
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:45:06 -0700
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Thanks for mentioning the problem. However, I found the proposed rewrite to be more confusing than the original. I think part of the problem is that this is not really the place to explain octal notation; any reader who doesn't know octal before reading the manual is not likely to understand it even with the proposed rewrite. I think we should just give up and assume that the reader knows octal (if they don't they should be using symbolic modes). That being said, we could briefly give an example of how the individual bits are combined into an octal digit, and rearrange the description to make it more intuitive. I installed the attached patch to try to improve things.

I also merged Bug#31043 with Bug#29069 since they're the same topic.

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