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Re: xargs man page "arguments", "filenames"

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: xargs man page "arguments", "filenames"
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 12:25:39 +0100
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On Thu, Apr 22, 2004 at 09:46:33AM +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> xargs man page:
>        xargs reads arguments from the standard input ... and
>        executes the command (default is /bin/echo) one or more times
>        with any initial-arguments followed by arguments read from
>        standard input.
> Better better clarify the two kinds of arguments.
> Maybe call the standard input ones "items" perhaps, instead of "arguments".

I have changed the xargs manpage in CVS to the following usage :

1. Arguments to the invoked program specified on the xargs command
line are consistently referred to as "initial-arguments" (this is
consistent with the SYNOPSIS section).

2. Things read from stdin are referred to as "items".

3. Things issued as arguments to the invoked program are referred to
as "arguments".

>        --null, -0
>               Input  filenames  are terminated by...
> Whaddayyamean filenames? Shouldn't this be "arguments" or "items"?  Or does it
> have magic eyes to single out filenames?

Changed to "items" as per above.

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