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Troy Davis
January 28, 2002 23:53
GNU fileutils
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I was just searching the archives and saw someone recommend installing 
GNU fileutils. One word of caution: I had some very strange problems on 
standard software installers when I upgraded to GNU's versions of common 
file manipulators. du in particular. Appears that the output of the GNU 
version changes a column title from "Avail" to "Available", or something 
like that.

I tried to run the 10.0.4 update shortly after compiling and installing 
these utils (couldn't stand not having human-readable file sizes with 
ls), and got errors from the updater saying that I didn't have enough 
disk space. But I had 25 GB available, didn't make sense. I dug into the 
install script (mercifully written in perl) and found a regex pattern 
parsing the output of du. Changing the pattern made the installer run, 
but I was sufficiently spooked and restored an older copy.

Or has this been fixed?

Best Wishes,
Troy Davis

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