bin/144531: [patch] cp(1) show percentage complete
arundel at freebsd.org
Tue Aug 24 02:30:04 UTC 2010
The following reply was made to PR bin/144531; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Alexander Best <arundel at freebsd.org>
To: bug-followup at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: bin/144531: [patch] cp(1) show percentage complete
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 02:22:14 +0000
i don't think the original patch you submitted will be accepted by any
developer since it breaks the behaviour of `cp -v`. you might want to add a new
switch to trigger the extra output from your patch. just be sure you don't use
any switch that's already taken by POSIX .
however personally i don't think that your patch will be committed even with a
new switch. `cp` has been the way it is for a very long time and i don't think
people want it to change.
you might want to open a new thread on freebsd-hackers@ or freebsd-current@ and
ask what the developers think about your patch. this might trigger some
interest in this PR. the fact however is that there are a lot of PRs with great
and useful additions to FreeBSD. however most people that are using FreeBSD on
a daily basis don't want basic applications like `cp` to change. even if a
developer would commit your patch it is most likely that he'll be forced to
revert the changes due to the fact that other developers don't see the need for
such a change. i would expect the argument to be something like this:
"the behavior of cp hasn't change since 1977. cp didn't need this feature
back then and it doesn't need it now."
personally i don't agree with this point of view. good luck and i hope your
patch will somehow make it into the tree. i've applied your patch to my local
src tree and try to use the -v when copying large files. i really like it. :)
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