Subject: Re: Suggestion: keep binary data out of /etc
To: None <email@example.com>
From: maximum entropy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/09/1999 20:22:49
>Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 14:19:49 -0500
>From: "Steven J. Dovich" <email@example.com>
>My concern is not with what happens with non-line-structured files which
>contain binary data. Cases where current behavior would indeed be
>meaningful stand to be broken if we adopt this sort of change. I worry
>about tools that try too hard to second guess the user, particularly
>when they use simple-minded heuristics.
In my workplace, I often deal with files which contain NULs but are
otherwise plain text. These files are produced by external vendors,
so I have no control over the format. I would find it *extremely*
annoying if I had to look in a man page to find out some stupid switch
I know I won't remember, every time I wanted to grep through one of
There's no way anyone can convince me that refusing to grep such a
file by default is The Right Thing. As somebody else stated earlier
in this thread: if I wanted that sort of stupidity, I'd be running
Invert the meaning of the flag, if it's going to be added at all.
entropy -- it's not just a good idea, it's the second law.