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Re: Datamash admin

From: Erik Auerswald
Subject: Re: Datamash admin
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 23:44:45 +0200
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Hi Tim,

thanks for providing me with commit rights to GNU Datamash!

On 26.05.22 00:39, Tim Rice wrote:
On Wed, 25 May 2022, at 03:32:27 -0700, Shawn Wagner wrote:
I think the only outstanding issue left that I want to see fixed for a 1.8
release is the making trailing whitespace in -W mode not count as a
delimiter thing; I haven't had a chance yet to look at the latest version
of that patch.

Sounds good.

I have not yet looked at that patch either.

Awk ignores both leading and trailing whitespace for field splitting,
as does Bash.  GNU Datamash currently ignores leading whitespace, but
not trailing whitespace, when -W, --whitespace is given.  I, too, think
that is a bug and should be fixed.

So far I've been doing documentation updates, eg the online manual was still on v1.3. It took some time to start adjusting to the CVS-based workflow for those, but I think the task is now complete. (Correct me if something has been overlooked.)


This means I can start looking at the actual code, including any outstanding patches, over the next few days.

I intend to push three documentation patches soon:

The "floor" operation rounds down, "ceil" rounds up:

Mentioning LC_NUMERIC in the info documentation:

The third pertains to using the program name (datamash resp.
decorate) in the help output referring to the man page.  The
patch uses the existing PROGRAM_NAME #define instead of
PACKAGE_NAME (for datamash) and program_name (for decorate):

Then I want to look into adding the -C, --skip-comments option
to the info documentation (no patch yet).

I've just seen that the description in the name entry for the
decorate man page is wrong, it is copied from the datamash man
page.  I plan to adjust that, too (no patch yet either).

And I'd like to add a decorate conversion mode that allows to
sort both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses (e.g., for use with log files
from dual-stacked applications that contain either an IPv4 or
an IPv6 address at a given position):

If anyone sees a problem with any of the above, please let me


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