Garance A Drosihn <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Or maybe something to indicate where the list of arguments
> should go in a command. Hrm. Let's say '-Y replstr' or
> '-y[replstr]' (no blank after -y). If no [replstr] is
> given on -y, it defaults to the two characters ''.
> Then one might do:
> cat big_file_list | xargs -y cp  target_directory
This is a great idea! I'm willing to implement it if nobody else
> you're trying to address. On the other hand, the man page
> for 'xargs' on FreeBSD says:
> The xargs utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2
> (``POSIX.2'') compliant.
> so I don't know how we go about adding options to it. On
> the other hand, that same issue is faced by adding options
> to 'cp', as there is a similar claim made in cp's man page.
I don't think it's a problem. We're adding new options here, not
changing--sometimes known as breaking--what already exists. I'm
pretty sure that the standards don't say anything to the effect of,
"You must support this and nothing else." That'd be rather silly.
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