Subject: Re: Recursive grep - no mas
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jeff Thieleke <email@example.com>
Date: 01/24/1996 00:19:13
> >I think the answer here is: if you're not willing to learn the basic
> >UNIX tools (and find and xargs _are_ basic UNIX tools), why the hell
> >are you running UNIX?
> >If you want a mac, go use a mac. some of the advantages of UNIX
> > (1) ability to pipe data between programs easily,
> > (2) simple tools that are easily used in pipelines, and
> > (3) mostly-standard interfaces to standard tools.
> >why screw with it?
> Hear hear! This is some of the character that is at the very core of
> what makes UNIX beautiful.
I must have missed the original post...
No one is talking about disabling find, and especially no one is talking
about turning NetBSD into a Mac clone (where did that come from?!?).
What I _am_ talking about is adding a useful feature to one specific
command. The interface to grep wouldn't change, except for the addition
of the recursive command line arguments. rgrep is backwardly compatable
with GNU grep - which isn't necessarily compatable with traditional
versions of grep/egrep/fgrep.
Anyway, it is obvious that neither side is going to persude the other in
this debate. As I see it:
* Recursive grep adds a much needed function, at practically zero cost.
* The patch ready to integrate, and almost certainly works on all NetBSD
* If you don't want to use the recursive features of rgrep, don't use them.
But don't deny the majority of regular users of a useful feature.
* The majority of opinions against rgrep are based on "it's goes against
tradition" or "creeping featurism", and are not technically based.
rgrep works (well), and is useful. That is what I am concerned with.
I'm through discussing this. I will have my grep patched, the patch will
be archived in the current-users archive, I will make it available on the
Web (http://www.icaen.uiowa.edu/~thieleke/netbsd/grep.patch), and I might
even send-pr it. If anyone wants to further discuss this, do it via
private email. Otherwise, I'll consider the matter suspended.