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Re: "ls" in fileutils-4.0-13mdk

From: John Saalwaechter
Subject: Re: "ls" in fileutils-4.0-13mdk
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 11:49:31 -0700 (PDT)

I'm embarrassed to say that I've been intending to write this modification
for almost two years now

The main barrier I've faced in sitting down to code this is understanding
exactly all the effects of the call to human_readable() with stat.st_size
in ls.c.  I think human_readable() is doing both format conversions (with
suffixes) and block size conversions.  Here are the relevant lines:

    char hbuf[LONGEST_HUMAN_READABLE + 1];
    sprintf (p, "%8s ",
             human_readable ((uintmax_t) f->stat.st_size, hbuf, 1,
                       output_block_size < 0 ? output_block_size : 1));

In any event, I'll take another look at it this week and see if I can get
a patch out soon for this.

--John Saalwaechter

>Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 09:44:37 -0600
>From: Alvin Austin <address@hidden>
>Organization: Critical Logic & Design, Inc.
>To: address@hidden
>Subject: Re: "ls" in fileutils-4.0-13mdk
>Suggestion: In "ls -l" commands, it would be nice to have an option to
>commas (and maybe also, the locale setting LC_NUMERIC) to display the
>size.  With larger files nowadays, it is much easier to read the size as:
>    -rw-r--r--    1 root     root    141,804,295 Sep 19 09:38 data04
>instead of :
>    -rw-r--r--    1 root     root    141804295 Sep 19 09:38 data04
>Thanks, and keep up the good work!
>Alvin Austin                          Email: address@hidden

John Saalwaechter <address@hidden>

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