I've noticed along time that it's possible to cat a directory. I just don't see the point of it being possible to do so since it only returns jibrish.
I know that in Linux for example cat returns an error message like this: cat: mail/: Is a directory. I also noticed that in both FreeBSD and Linux less returns the same error message. But vi and vim on the other hand returns fully readable and understandable text in both FreeBSD and Linux. What I just wanted to ask was if it's absolutely necessary for cat to be able to work on directories. Or if it would be possible to simply add a check to cat that tests if the "file" being opened is a directory and then exits with an error message if that is the case. The biggest problem for me as a "Unix" help-person at a company is to always explain to newbies and less experienced users not to cat directories as it usually scrambles or locks the whole terminal and as they then turn to me to undo their mistakes. These small simple things give our users bad thoughts about FreeBSD and often drives them to use other OSs! _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"