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Re: Pre-RFC: command-line flag for slurping

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Paul "LeoNerd" Evans
January 28, 2022 15:25
Re: Pre-RFC: command-line flag for slurping
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On Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:00:15 +0200
Tomasz Konojacki <> wrote:

> "-0777" flag is the usual way to read the whole file at once (instead
> of line by line) in one-liners.
> I feel this isn't ideal. "-0" is a bad flag. It's overly general,
> users rarely need $/ to be set to anything other than undef or "\n".
> Also, the input record separator has to be specified as an octal
> number, which is weird. The fact that the numbers above 0o377 are
> special-cased to mean "undef" makes it even more confusing.
> Slurping is an extremely common operation and it deserves its own
> one-letter flag. I propse "-g" (mnemonics: gobble, grab, gulp). I wish
> it could be "-s", but sadly it's already taken :(

This RFC is now accepted as RFC 0011

We eagerly await an implementation.

Paul "LeoNerd" Evans      |  |

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