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Re: dd should be more aggressive about seeking

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: dd should be more aggressive about seeking
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 22:54:27 +0100

Thanks for the report and suggestion.
The latest version of dd has a much better test, now.


If you find a problem with the new version, please let us know.

Castor Fu <address@hidden> wrote:
> The following code in version 4.1 of fileutils dd seems overly aggressive.
> It damns all character devices on all operating systems seems harsh.
> There should probably be a flag to ignore the buggy_lseek_support function,
> or the testing should be done in a significantly more OS dependent way.
> As an example, on NetBSD's in-house dd, they test explicitly for being a pipe
> by doing an lseek, and they also do an MTIOCGET to see if they are a 
> tapedrive.

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