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bug #20547: --version output does not comply with GNU Coding Standards

Submitted by:  Eric Blake <ericb>
Submitted on:  Sat 21 Jul 2007 04:27:40 AM UTC  
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  James Youngman <jay>
Originator Name:  Eric Blake Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  4.1.20 Fixed Release:  4.3.9

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Sat 21 Jul 2007 04:27:40 AM UTC, original submission:  

None of the findutils comply with GNU Coding Standards in their --version output.  http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/standards.html#Command_002dLine-Interfaces
For an example, contrast find with ls:

$ find --version
GNU find version 4.3.8
Built using GNU gnulib version 2007-05-26
Features enabled: O_NOFOLLOW(enabled) LEAF_OPTIMISATION FTS() CBO(level=0)
$ ls --version
ls (GNU coreutils) 6.9
Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software.  You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by Richard Stallman and David MacKenzie.

On the first line, GCS wants the official tool name (not argv[0]) as the first word, then the package in parenthesis (ie. "find (GNU findutils) 4.3.8").  Next, find is missing a copyright and license statement.  Finally, GCS permits giving credit to major authors.  All of this is easier to do when using the gnulib modules version-etc and version-etc-fsf.

Eric Blake <ericb>
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    Follow 6 latest changes.

    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2007-11-11 jay Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
        Fixed ReleaseNone => 4.3.9
    2007-07-22 jay StatusIn Progress => Fixed
    2007-07-21 jay Attached File- => Added 0003-Emit-version-banner-in-GNU-preferred-format.patch, #13416
        StatusConfirmed => In Progress
        Assigned toNone => jay

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