In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Ben Smithurs
t writes:
>Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
>> I must admit that I think in general that /dev/std{in,out,err} and /dev/fd
>> is bogus.  It looks like something which happened "because we can" more
>> than something which has a legitimate need.
>You think adding a hack to every program to support "-" to mean
>stdout/stdin is better?

The majority of these programs could be handled by adding knowledge
of "-" as a magic filename to fopen(3).

At the same time I would really love if we implemented "|.*" to mean
"do an popen(3)" instead.

But of course, this is bikeshed material...

>> If anything I would propose we ditch it...
>And break loads of scripts at the same time?

I would argue that the programs and the scripts that call them are
already broken, but hey...

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