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Re: ps -aux Vs ps aux

[You (csmall@scooter.o.i.net)]
>What does it look like?
>scooter$ ps -a
>warning: `-' deprecated; use `ps a', not `ps -a'
>    222   2 SW   0:00 (getty)

>That warning is the problem.  The reason the warning is there is spelt out in
>the man pages.
>       The  command-line  arguments  should not be preceeded by a
>       `-' character, because in the future, a `-' will  be  used
>       to  indicate Unix98-standard command-line arguments, while
>       no `-' will indicate the current ``extended BSD'' style of
>       command line arguments.
>So we have a problem here.  I have forwarded a bug complaining about this
>to the upstream guys to get their comments, but what should Debian do?
>On the one hand, we have the standard Unix practice, on the other we have
>the standard procps behavour.

Good god!  This is going to break a lot of stuff!  Sigh!  Unix is so fun.

Is Unix98 the same as a new version of POSIX 1003.2?    If so, I hate to
say it but I think we should bend to POSIX and go with the standards.  
But let's not change anything before Debian 2.0 (i.e., remove this 
complaint from the source for now).

.....A. P. Harris...apharris@onShore.com...<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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