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Re: standards/40554

The following reply was made to PR standards/40554; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Laight <>
Subject: Re: standards/40554
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 21:08:25 +0000

 On Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 08:45:02PM +0000, Robert Elz wrote:
 >  I assumed that he meant that the man page says (simplified)
 >  "duplicate stdout to n2" which kind of suggests dup2(1,n2)
 >  whereas what really happens is dup2(n2,1).
 >  For <& the man page uses "from" - and really (aside from the
 >  default target fd) <& and >& are the exact same operation.
 >  I'm not sure I'd treat the "to" as an error though, as it makes the
 >  wording for >& match the wording for > (just as the wording for <&
 >  matches the wording for <).
 FWIW 2>&1 changes stderr to write to the same place as stdout.
 David Laight:

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