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bug #63949: find -inum (without argument) print worng error message

Submitter:  Thorsten Otto <thotto>
Submitted:  Tue 21 Mar 2023 10:51:37 AM UTC
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  berny
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  4.9.0 Fixed Release:  4.10.0
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Tue 21 Mar 2023 09:08:16 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is already fixed in git, but the change post-dates findutils 4.9.0.

commit 4a7280927285dbcf0ac815aa3aecc65b144e3fa4
Author: Bernhard Voelker <mail@bernhard-voelker.de>
Date:   Wed Jan 4 20:14:01 2023 +0100

    find: fix error diagnostics of options with mandatory, numeric arguments
    The error diagnostic for wrong invocations with option that require
    numeric arguments (-inum, -links, -gid, -uid) was wrong and not helpful:
      $ find -gid
      find: invalid argument `-gid' to `-gid'
    * find/parser.c (parse_gid): Remove changing back of the ARG_PTR in
    the error case; thus simplify.
    (parse_inum,parse_links,parse_uid): Likewise.
    (get_num): While at it, mention -gid and -uid in the comment as well.
    (insert_num): Also improve the error diagnostic in the case the user
    has provided a non-numeric argument.  Previously, it was just "invalid
    * tests/find/opt-numeric-arg.sh: Add test.
    * tests/local.mk: Reference it.
    * NEWS (Bug Fixes): Mention the fix.
    Reported by Andreas Schwab <schwab@linux-m68k.org> in

James Youngman <jay>
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Tue 21 Mar 2023 10:51:37 AM UTC, original submission:  

$ find --version
find (GNU findutils) 4.9.0
Copyright (C) 2022 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by Eric B. Decker, James Youngman, and Kevin Dalley.
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When running "find -inum" without further arguments, i get
find: invalid argument `-inum' to `-inum'

I would expect "missing argument" or similar.

Thorsten Otto <thotto>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2024-06-01 berny Open/ClosedOpen Closed
        Fixed ReleaseNone 4.10.0
    2023-03-21 jay Item GroupNone Wrong result
        StatusNone Fixed
        Assigned toNone berny

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