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[bug #29698] Correct and clarify documentation of xargs -d option

From: James Youngman
Subject: [bug #29698] Correct and clarify documentation of xargs -d option
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:47:45 +0000
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Update of bug #29698 (project findutils):

                  Status:                    None => Need Info              
             Assigned to:                    None => jay                    


Follow-up Comment #1:

But quotes *are* special:

~$ cat sample.txt 
"hello world" foo bar
~$ xargs -n1 echo arg < sample.txt 
arg hello world
arg foo
arg bar

I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say about backslashes and
the shell.   

If you are talking about backslashes in the input, they are not special, as
specified by this text:
-d delim
Input items are terminated by the specified  character.   Quotes and 
backslash  are not special; every character in the input is taken literally.

If you are talking about backslashes within delim, then this is specified by
this text:
The specified delimiter may be a single character, a  C-style  character 
escape such as n, or an octal or hexadecimal escape code.  Octal and
hexadecimal escape codes are understood as for the printf command.


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