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Re: Coreutils POSIX changes not documented in release notes

On Wed, 2006-03-08 at 23:05 +0000, Tim Waugh wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 08, 2006 at 02:07:07PM -0500, Bill Rugolsky Jr. wrote:
> >       The GNU utilities normally conform to the version of POSIX that is
> >    standard for your system.  To cause them to conform to a different
> >    version of POSIX, define the `_POSIX2_VERSION' environment variable to
> >    a value of the form YYYYMM specifying the year and month the standard
> >    was adopted.  Two values are currently supported for `_POSIX2_VERSION':
> >    `199209' stands for POSIX 1003.2-1992, and `200112' stands for POSIX
> >    1003.1-2001.  For example, if you have a newer system but are running
> >    software that assumes an older version of POSIX and uses `sort +1' or
> >    `tail +10', you can work around any compatibility problems by setting
> >    `_POSIX2_VERSION=199209' in your environment.
> > 
> > I don't see anything about it here:

Can you draw upon Tim's advice to set the environment variable depending
on need (local or system wide) to write up a paragraph or two about

I'm thinking that you digest this better than I do already, and can
offer a draft (straw man) for us to fix and include in the Docs/Beats.

We are still adding content over the next day or so for the Web-
publication of the release notes.

Thanks for the pointer and TIA for the contribution.

- Karsten
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