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Re: Coreutils POSIX changes not documented in release notes

Bill Rugolsky Jr. wrote:

On Thu, Mar 09, 2006 at 07:12:13PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
    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.

Sorry, I'm cranky.  Now I have to go put a wrapper around coreutils and
log old-style arguments.

The exact same text appears in the earlier Fedora Core versions info manuals. I am just puzzled at what has changed between FC4 and rawhide versions now.

I apologize for being intemperate, Rahul.
You are probably annoyed with the change which is very understandable, having been a web administrator for large data centers in my previous life but this isnt the right forum for expressing your distaste with this particular change since we are pretty much inheriting a upstream change. The info manual you quote which hasnt changed for a few releases didnt help me understand the context and the significance of this change in this release and I freely admit to be blissfully unaware of this change until it was specifically pointed out to me since all my work on Fedora (including tracking the current development tree) is done on my personal time which has been increasingly limited. Thank you for bring this to our attention.

The default version is now _POSIX2_VERSION=200112 not 199209.
Ah. That makes much better sense. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/PackageNotes


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