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Re: Re: Debian BSD.. cool idea

On Sun, Jan 30, 2000 at 06:37:26PM -0600, Dan Potter wrote:
> This is no big deal (find).
> On the other hand, I'd really like to have GNU 'ls'. It has a very nicely
> formatted help screen without hitting the man pages (like most modern GNU
> utils) and it also does color. BSD may do color with its 'ls' but I didn't
> see it mentioned anywhere.

/usr/ports/misc/colorls, or you can install the GNU ls if you must.

Again, the best route at this point would be to create an install.cfg
for the bootdisks and have it install this software for you.

> Specifically cp, YES (bad example =). This is one of the things that kind
> of irked me when I was first learning FreeBSD -- cp in BSD has no "-a"
> option, so I have to do "cp -pvR". I know, it's silly, but it is kind of
> nice. Also I found the cp will not copy device files unless I do something
> special (dunno what it would be?). "cp -a" in Linux was nice for making an
> exact duplicate of a tree since it preserved basically everything. 

Learn to use tar pipes :)  But, how does cp -p differ from cp -a?

> Anyway, those are just examples. There are some BSD utils that are sure to
> be superior to the GNU equivalents, the question is whether it's worth the
> effort (either way) to pick and choose. Probably not.... given that BSD's
> kernel is wedded to its utils, it's likely that the BSD utils would win
> out (unless you explicitely replaced them). I think this is one of the
> ideas behind the Debian 20 kitchen sinks paradigm though. Install the base
> and replace the parts you want to replace.

Well, someone has to pick and choose sooner or later. 

Again, an installation script would be all that is needed.


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