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Re: gnu find: paths must precede expression

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: gnu find: paths must precede expression
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 08:53:24 +0100
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On Sat, Apr 02, 2005 at 02:44:43PM -0500, Jerrad Pierce wrote:
> I would like to suggest that GNU find frop the tradiotional brain-dead
> instance of find to insist that the path be the first option. I tend to
> think o find as what it it truly is, a grep of FS metadat, and end up
> writing my commands
>       find EXPR path
> only to have to go back and tweak it. I can see no reason why this need be
> maintained other than the wonderous ability to proclaim "invalid predicate".

I don't think we can do that without breaking POSIX conformance, since
the POSIX standard requires:-

 | The first argument that starts with a '-' , or is a '!' or a '(' ,
 | and all subsequent arguments shall be interpreted as an expression
 | made up of the following primaries and operators.


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