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Re: cut 2.0a

From: Andrew D Jewell
Subject: Re: cut 2.0a
Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 16:59:32 -0400

Bad News : gnu textutils must be 100% compatible with the past

Good News : I needn't be.

See : http://alexautils.sourceforge.com

Which has this change for cut, plus many other improvements to gnu utils.


At 4:35 PM -0400 5/10/02, Hacksaw wrote:
 >The cut program could be changed to do things differently.  But then
it would not be cut, it would be sed, awk, perl, ruby, etc.  That

Reductio ad absurdum. I am suggesting that cut merely be taught to recognize
random amounts of whitespace as a delimiter, which would make it a more useful
utility without changing its other behaviors. That would no more make it an awk than adding a JATO unit to a car would make it a space shuttle.

  wc -l ~/.alias | awk '{print$1}'

Sure, I'm aware of this, and a couple of solutions in perl. But this is a
classic case of using a cutting torch to open a can of beans. Also, it adds
quotes to the command line, which I like to avoid because they often
complicate things.

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