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bug#58521: human readable still wrong output (after 20+ years?)

From: chandler
Subject: bug#58521: human readable still wrong output (after 20+ years?)
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2022 09:24:07 -0700

The failure to use correct prefixes is still a cause for major confusion 
amongst individuals especially when sharing data, and especially when other 
programs are involved that do correctly report file sizes. K, M, G, T, etc. 
have NEVER referred to base-2 values until they were incorrectly introduced 
into the computing world, who knows, probably 50 years ago or more. Someday 
maybe all computer programs will properly report file sizes. Please make 
corrections so that '-h' flag correctly uses prefixes Ki, Mi, Gi, Ti, etc. Or 
change -h default behavior to report base-10 values and add another flag to 
report base-2 values+prefixes. Please no excuses about how this will break 
other programs, that is up to their maintainers to fix given the corrected 

Please no suggestions for users to make changes to the default environment to 
fix wrong output. -- System Information: Debian Release: bookworm/sid APT 
prefers testing APT policy: (500, 'testing') Architecture: amd64 (x86_64) 
Foreign Architectures: i386 Kernel: Linux 5.18.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU threads; 
PREEMPT) Kernel taint flags: TAINT_WARN Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, 
LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE not set Shell: /bin/sh linked to 
/usr/bin/dash Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system) LSM: AppArmor: enabled 
Versions of packages coreutils depends on: ii libacl1 2.3.1-1 ii libattr1 
1:2.5.1-1 ii libc6 2.35-2 ii libgmp10 2:6.2.1+dfsg1-1 ii libselinux1 3.4-1+b1 
coreutils recommends no packages. coreutils suggests no packages. -- no debconf 

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