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Re: bash "test" -nt and -ot operators mishandle nonpositive timestamps


From: Brian J. Fox
Subject: Re: bash "test" -nt and -ot operators mishandle nonpositive timestamps
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:00:07 -0800

   Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 15:51:50 -0800 (PST)
   From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>

   Description:
           The "-ot" and "-nt" operators of the "test" command mishandle
           the case where one file has a nonpositive timestamp and the
           other file does not exist.  Files that do not exist should
           always be considered to be older than files that do exist.

Why should non-existant files be older than existing files?
Why not the other way around?

(I'm not trying to be argumentative -- I actually want to know what your
reasoning is...)

Brian
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