Should these errors matter?

Jos Backus josb at
Thu Mar 14 17:16:37 EST 2002

On Thu, Mar 14, 2002 at 05:00:35PM +1100, Jie Gao wrote:
> This is from Solaris 7's manual for if:
>      The -L option is a migration aid for users of  other  shells
>      which  have  similar  options  and  may  not be supported in
>      future releases.
> and indeed it does not support this option in this very release!

-L doesn't appear to work in Solaris 8 either. However, the latest relevant
standard, ``The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, IEEE Std 1003.1-2001''
lists both -h and -L and says (at the end):


Issue 6

     The -h operand is added for symbolic links, and access permission
     requirements are clarified for the -r, -w, and -x operands to align with
     the IEEE P1003.2b draft standard.

     The normative text is reworded to avoid use of the term "must" for
     application requirements.

     The -L and -S operands are added for symbolic links and sockets.

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