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Re: Grep --directories option

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: Grep --directories option
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 17:39:14 -0400
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"Paul Eggert" <> wrote:
> * Change the default to be --directories='recurse'.
> This is simple and portable, and it's more useful than the current
> behavior.

I think skipping is more useful by default, since directories may
often appear accidentally in wildcard-generated lists.  I suggest
making the default "skip with a warning":
$ mkdir foo
$ grep pattern foo; echo $?
grep: foo: skipping directory

The warning could be suppressed by an explicit --directories=skip
option.  Hurd users can use a shell alias like grep='grep -d read' if
they like that behavior and if they're confident they won't specify
directories by accident.


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