Why do people screw around with basic command options?

John Abreau john.abreau at zuken.com
Thu Aug 24 16:39:45 EDT 2006

Jeff Kinz wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 04:21:01PM -0400, John Abreau wrote:
>> I just noticed a bunch of my scripts, many that I've had in production
>> for over 20 years, are suddenly breaking. It turns out some idiot
>> decided it would be a good idea to remove the "+" option from sort(1),
>> which tells it which field to sort on.
>> sort(1) still works fine on my older systems, but the ones I've kept
>> up to date with yum are now in need of a lot of pointless unscheduled
>> maintenance.
> IIRC GNU is m,aking an effort to make all the command line option
> compliant w/one of the POSIX standards. They broke tail as well.

So basically I would have to downgrade coreutils to before they started
breaking things, and then configure yum to never upgrade coreutils?

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