difference in the tail command between most Linux distros and Fedora
icanprogram-sKcZck+fQKg at public.gmane.org
Mon Dec 15 16:08:30 UTC 2008
On December 15, 2008 10:31 am, Chris F.A. Johnson wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Dec 2008, bob 295 wrote:
> > If you look at the reference for the tail command it talks to the option
> > to specify a +n so that tail starts n lines from beginning of file.
> > As an experiment create a 5 line text file called bob. Then
> > tail +3 bob
> > should dump lines 3-5.
> > Except on Fedora systems. Apparently they have a different flavor of
> > tail which doesn't recognize the + sign and tries to open a file call
> > "+3".
> > Does anyone have any history as to why this might be so? Any work
> > arounds?
> The POSIX specs do not allow for the +3 syntax; it should be -n+3.
> Most versions of tail allow both. For a short while there was a
> version in the wild that didn't allow +3; it didn't last long, as
> compatibility with existing scripts was important. You must have
> that version.
Thanks. That works.
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