[arch-dev-public] [signoff] coreutils 8.4-3
allan at archlinux.org
Thu Apr 15 12:04:38 CEST 2010
On 15/04/10 17:10, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:28:04 +1000
> Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On 15/04/10 03:40, Thomas Bächler wrote:
>>> Am 14.04.2010 18:42, schrieb Dieter Plaetinck:
>>>>> On Tuesday 13 April 2010 14:04:44 Allan McRae wrote:
>>>>>> This changes /usr/bin/[ from a symlink to /usr/bin/test to the
>>>>>> actual binary provided upstream. The use of the symlink has
>>>>>> been in Arch for ages (probably for ever), but I can not see
>>>>>> what this change will break. Having the symlink does break
>>>>>> some stuff (FS#19063). Note that Fedora moved from the symlink
>>>>>> to the binary for "[" in 2004.
>>>> so what exactly does the binary do? is it an exact copy
>>>> of /usr/bin/test, is it a small program that does exec(), or .. ?
>>>> I downloaded the 8.4 tarball but couldn't quickly find the answer.
>>> I don't think it matters. Neither [ nor test from coreutils are
>>> actually ever used - the bash (or whatever shell you use) builtins
>>> [ and test are used instead.
>> In general, this is the only real difference:
>> NOTE: [ honors the --help and --version options, but test does not.
>> test treats each of those as it treats any other nonempty STRING.
>> The rest I think is better compatibility with test synatx when your
>> shell does not provide "[".
>> Anyway, we should be supplying what upstream installs.
> I asked it just out of curiosity. I agree we should stick to
Anyway.... can I now have an i686 signoff? :P
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