Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/usr.bin/find
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: SODA Noriyuki <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 02/07/2007 22:27:51
>>>>> On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 07:10:51 -0500,
      "Perry E. Metzger" <> said:

>> I think adding this "-rm" alias is a bad idea.
>> (On the other hand, I'm one who asked Elad to add the -delete option.)

> It is convenient.

I don't think that's enough reason for a redundant name.

> Not all features in an operating system are there because they are
> "absolutely necessary". Some get put in place because they are
> convenient, and making the lives of users easier is a nice
> thing. FreeBSD has this flag and there is no particular reason not to
> have the same convenient feature. I added "-rm" because that is the
> name that the flag had under a certain fairly common Unix variant of
> the mid 1980s and I've missed the feature ever since.

The problem is that the -delete option is somewhat different from
what you expect from the -rm option.
Maybe that's the reason FreeBSD chose different option name.