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Re: xargs documentation

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: xargs documentation
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 10:53:54 +0100
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On Sun, Aug 28, 2005 at 09:53:41AM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:

> Yes, the whole area is documented quite sparse, as I found out in
> http://bugs.debian.org/325005 however I think Jay might change xargs'
> behavior to a more sane one.
> <http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-findutils/2005-06/msg00150.html>

A change to the current behaviour is unlikely as the current behaviour
is the same as all the other versions of Unix except *BSD.  The latter
has a slightly different behaviour which is still standard-conforming.

However, we should improve the documentation, though it is worth
pointing out that using more than one of -I, -L and -n produces a
behaviour which is different across different versions of Unix.  In
this context -i and -l are affected in the same way as -I and -L.


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