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Suggestion for the command who

From: Bertrand . Yannick
Subject: Suggestion for the command who
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 12:57:24 -0400


My name is Yannick Bertrand and I am working at Hydro-Qu챕bec, Montr챕al, Canada.

I truly admire all the efforts that the GNU group is putting to make the ideal operating system, and I am trying to incorpore some of the GNU utilities in our UNIX worlds. Now, there is something that the sh-utils package is missing that is present in nearly all others UNIXES : it is the neat thing you can do with the who command to know at which time the machine last booted. The option -b that is. For examples :

on Solaris 2.6 :

    $ uname -a
    SunOS as80213d 5.6 Generic_105181-23 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-Enterprise
    $ who -b
       .       system boot  May 26 09:20

on Tru64 4.0 :

    $ uname -a
    OSF1 gesto2.vpi.hydro.qc.ca V4.0 1229 alpha
    $ who -b
       .        system boot May 23 12:00

on HP-UX 11.0 :

    $ uname -a
    HP-UX hsapp1 B.11.00 E 9000/800 36714536 8-user license
    $ who -b
       .       system boot  Jun  3 01:43

and on AIX 4.3 :

    $ uname -a
    AIX apmaxi01 3 4 000DFC6D4C00
    $ who -b
       .        system boot Mar 22 13:37

Is there a reason why this option is not present in GNU who? If not so, would it, by any chance, be possible to have it in future versions of GNU who?

Thank you for your answer.

Sincerly yours,


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