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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#58521: human readable still wrong output (after 20+ years?)
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2023 13:40:22 -0800
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On 2023-01-02 13:22, Chandler Sobel-Sorenson wrote:

Unfortunately backward-compatibility concerns are real,

Such as?

I imagine lots of programs read the current output format. GNU 'sort' does. I haven't investigated all such programs.

The current behavior has been in place since Larry McVoy contributed it in 1996. It'd take a pretty strong argument to change it now. Mere dislike wouldn't suffice.

this is about your programs outputting WRONG and INCORRECT values, inconsistent with reality

"Inconsistent with reality" is hyperbole; this is merely disagreement about notation.

All you need to do is add an "i" to -h's prefixes

That would bloat the output and introduce compatibility concerns as mentioned above.

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