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Re: POSIX patches

From: Olaf Hering <olh_at_suse.de>
Date: 2003-04-24 09:08:34 CEST

 On Thu, Apr 24, Greg Hudson wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-04-23 at 12:07, Olaf Hering wrote:
> > nectarine:/ # head -1 /etc/profile
> > head: `-1' option is obsolete; use `-n 1'
> > Try `head --help' for more information.
> Looking at the coreutils source, this seems to be dependent on some
> determination of the POSIX.2 version. If I simply download the
> coreutils 5.0 source and configure and build it, "head -1" works fine.
> (As long as I don't define a _POSIX2_VERSION environment variable.)

I heard -1 was deprecated anyway, but I can not remember when and where
I read that. We have no special configure options, maybe it does depend
on autoconf and friends, we usually rebuild configure for every package.

> Regardless, breaking this feature seems like a tremendously bad idea,
> even worse than what glibc has done to errno lately.

Well, I bet that one is a different story.

Gruss Olaf

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