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Re: [PATCH] fts: reduce two or more trailing spaces to just one, usually

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fts: reduce two or more trailing spaces to just one, usually
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 02:15:45 +0100

James Youngman wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 11/16/12 14:10, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
>>> As I said, my proposal is to introduce a new FTS_ flag that would make
>>> fts_open behave as before that change, and use this flag in findutils.
>>> I haven't heard yet neither from Jim nor from other gnulib people whether
>>> it is acceptable or there is a better way to fix the problem.
>> I don't recall the details, but if this is the best proposal on
>> the table then let's go for it.
> The other obvious alternative is to wrap fts_open in programs that
> desire the trimming behaviour.  Without looking at the code I'm going
> to assume that this was at the time the less convenient alternative,
> since if Jim had found that more convenient he'd have used it and not
> changed fts.

Hi James,
When I made that change to fts, I didn't realize it would render
find's output non-compliant (of course), and I thought that the
new behavior would be generally preferred.  Perhaps I should have
known better, after all these years: it seems nearly any time we've
stripped trailing slashes at all but the highest levels, we've ended
up having to undo it in the long run.

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