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Re: why aren't gnu utils normalized?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: why aren't gnu utils normalized?
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:48:47 -0500
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Barry Margolin writes:
> I think the answer to his general question, then, is that it would
> take an enormous amount of work to get all commands to be consistent
> this way.  There are lots of commands that work on similar kinds of
> data, and they each have options that are specific to what they do, as
> well as some options that are more general.  Reconciling all of these,
> including dealing with some of the conflicts (especially with
> traditional single-letter options) would be a huge undertaking.

It would also be impossible to do so without breaking existing scripts.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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