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bug #51304: Documention refers to kibibytes as kilobytes

Submitter:  Andreas Metzler <ametzler>
Submitted:  Sat 24 Jun 2017 12:03:23 PM UTC
Category:  documentation Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  berny
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  4.6.0 Fixed Release:  4.7.0
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Thu 06 Jul 2017 09:41:55 PM UTC, comment #2: 
Bernhard Voelker <berny>
Project Administrator
Thu 29 Jun 2017 05:10:33 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Thanks, the attached fixes this issue and also makes some
other fixes/improvements to the documentation wrt. 'find -size':

[PATCH 1/4] doc: use correct IEC unit prefixes in the documentation
[PATCH 2/4] doc: fix explanation of 'find -size' example
[PATCH 3/4] doc: clarify 'find -size' values prefixed with '+' and
[PATCH 4/4] doc: update the "STANDARDS CONFORMANCE" section in find.1

I intend to push this soon unless there are objections.

Thanks & have a nice day,

(file #41070, file #41071, file #41072, file #41073)

Bernhard Voelker <berny>
Project Administrator
Sat 24 Jun 2017 12:03:23 PM UTC, original submission:  


this is https://bugs.debian.org/865736 sbmitted by Zefram <zefram@fysh.org>:
ind(1) documents the following suffixes that can be applied to the argument of a -size criterion:

              `k'    for Kilobytes (units of 1024 bytes)
              `M'    for Megabytes (units of 1048576 bytes)
              `G'    for Gigabytes (units of 1073741824 bytes)

These are not the correct names for these units.  The prefixes "kilo-", "mega-" and "giga-" properly refer to the decimal multipliers 10^3, 10^6, and 10^9.  To refer to the binary multipliers 2^10, 2^20, and 2^30 the documentation should instead use the IEC prefixes "kibi-", "mebi-", and "gibi-".

/Personally/ I do not care a lot for "kibi" et al. In my forming years a kilobyte was 1024 byte (except for harddisks, but everybody knew the manufacturers were cheating. ;-)

However if there is something like a consensus for changing the docs I can provide a patch.

Andreas Metzler <ametzler>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2019-08-29 jay Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2019-08-29 berny Fixed ReleaseNone 4.7.0
    2017-07-06 berny StatusNone Fixed
    2017-06-29 berny Attached File- Added 0001-doc-use-correct-IEC-unit-prefixes-in-the-documentati.patch, #41070
        Attached File- Added 0002-doc-fix-explanation-of-find-size-example.patch, #41071
        Attached File- Added 0003-doc-clarify-find-size-values-prefixed-with-and.patch, #41072
        Attached File- Added 0004-doc-update-the-STANDARDS-CONFORMANCE-section-in-find.patch, #41073
    2017-06-28 berny Assigned toNone berny
    2017-06-24 ametzler Carbon-CopyRemoved 20807 -

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