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Re: du, kilobytes

From: Andries . Brouwer
Subject: Re: du, kilobytes
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 02:49:26 +0200 (MEST)

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        Subject: du, kilobytes
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        >        This  page  describes  du  as  found in the fileutils-3.16
        >        package; other versions may differ slightly. Mail  correc-
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        > GNU fileutils 3.16         August 1998

        Kilo is a SI prefix which always means 1000. Kilo never means anything 
        else in any special context. Kilo is an international standard prefix 
        which always means 1000.

Of course.

        In /bin/du on my slackware installation, kilobytes are used
        to describe blocks of 1024 bytes of data. This is wrong use
        of the prefix kilo.

You are not precise enough. /bin/du does not do so much talking.
Probably you refer to the du man page or info file or so.

Looking at the man page I noticed a typo. Corrected.
It now says

       -k, --kilobytes
              Print sizes in KiB (binary kilobytes, 1024  bytes).

       -m, --megabytes
              Print  sizes  in  MiB  (binary  megabytes,  1048576


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