help needed

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Fri May 17 19:59:08 PDT 2002


Mark Hymers wrote:
> On Sat, 18, May, 2002 at 01:22:33AM +0000, Mark Hymers spoke thus..
> 
>>Not as far as I'm aware.  I've just dug out a *very* old copy of
>>fileutils (3.13 from 1996; it's as far back as the ftp.gnu.org archive
>>goes) and that supports both the : and . notation.
>>
> 
> Sorry to follow-up to myself.
> 
> I was basing that on the documentation.  It just occurred to me to build
> fileutils-3.13 and boy was I surprised when the build actually *worked*.
> Oh, and chown definately accepts both the : and . notations, I tried it!

The problem case is when the name has a . in it, as in first.last.
   -- Bruce

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