bin/68848: [patch] find(1) shows pathname as optional but it isn't.

Edwin Groothuis edwin at
Thu Jul 8 23:10:24 PDT 2004

>Number:         68848
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       [patch] find(1) shows pathname as optional but it isn't.
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Jul 09 06:10:23 GMT 2004
>Originator:     Edwin Groothuis
>Release:        FreeBSD 5.2.1-RELEASE i386
System: FreeBSD k7.mavetju 5.2.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 5.2.1-RELEASE #3: Fri Feb 27 13:54:29 EST 2004 edwin at k7.mavetju:/usr/src/sys/i386/compile/k7 i386

    Find(4) and its manpage say that the pathname is optional:

    [/usr/src/usr.bin/find] edwin at k7>find
    usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f file] [file ...] [expression]
    [/usr/src/usr.bin/find] edwin at k7>man find
    find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f pathname] [pathname ...] expression

    But I haven't figured out a way to get it running without the
    pathname and assume it isn't optional.


    [/usr/src/usr.bin/find] root at k7>find -name test
    find: illegal option -- n
    [/usr/src/usr.bin/find] root at k7>find -- -name test
    usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f file] [file ...] [expression]

    I think it's only fair to update the man page and the usage()
    of find(4).


--- find.1.orig Fri Jul  9 15:58:22 2004
+++ find.1      Fri Jul  9 15:58:32 2004
@@ -45,7 +45,7 @@
 .Op Fl H | Fl L | Fl P
 .Op Fl EXdsx
 .Op Fl f Ar pathname
-.Op Ar pathname ...
+.Ar pathname ...
 .Ar expression

[/usr/src/usr.bin/find] root at k7>diff -u main.c.orig main.c
--- main.c.orig Fri Jul  9 15:58:53 2004
+++ main.c      Fri Jul  9 16:01:44 2004
@@ -164,6 +164,6 @@
-"usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f file] [file ...] [expression]\n");
+"usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f pathname] pathname ... expression\n");


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