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Re: cut 2.0a

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: cut 2.0a
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 21:44:06 -0600

> > Reductio ad absurdum.

I had overreacted somewhat.  My apologies.  It was a knee jerk
reaction because so often people do ask for things which are much
different than what the program is designed to do or that already
exists in other programs.

> > 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 point you make "without changing its other behaviors" is a key
point which I had missed previously.  Sometimes it is required to
break backward compatibility.  But one should not do so gratuitously.

> > That would no more make it an awk than adding a JATO unit to a car
> > would make it a space shuttle.


> 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.

I think you mean http://alexautils.sourceforge.net which does indeed
have many interesting additions and extensions.


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