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Re: The 'cut' operation should have synonyms

From: Shawn Wagner
Subject: Re: The 'cut' operation should have synonyms
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 22:11:07 -0700

Speaking of uniq/unique, the standard cut(1) is probably responsible for that name. (I'd prefer echo over printf as a synonym; the latter implies that it should do complex formatting; if you want that use awk)

On Thu, May 19, 2022, 9:19 PM Tim Rice <trice@posteo.net> wrote:
Hey Dima,

>But then I read the whole manpage, and found that this actually was
>available under the non-obvious name "cut". Can we add "print" and/or
>"echo" as synonyms for "cut"? Or at least update the docs to talk about
>"cut" more prominently? If we have something like "print", then no
>documentation is needed.

Yeah, good point. This should be fine and I've added it to my todo list.

I've also been wanting to alias 'unique' to 'uniq', since the latter is both shorter and more consistent with the existing unix command. (It is always the first thing that comes to mind, and it often catches me when I forget to use the full word "unique".)

~ Tim

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