Subject: Re: cat -f (was Re: ffs question )
To: Jamie Downs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 08/14/1997 07:38:39
>> I don't like it. We already have tail -f. Changing cat would only be
>> creeping featurism.
>Although it would be useful in the case where you need to take a file,
>read it into a parsing program of some sort, and use it a la a funnel
uh, see the paper arguing against `Berkeleyism' in cat -[vt].
There has to be _some_ point at which we just say no.
If you want the functionality, why not add a flag to tail that
means `cat the file and then start tail -f'?