LSB and GNU (was Re: LSB1.1: /proc/cpuinfo)

Jeff Garzik jgarzik at
Thu Jan 3 17:18:48 PST 2002

To run offtopic a bit, it was a huge mistake for LSB 1.0 to document
GNU-specific command line extensions.

Each command should be compared with SuSv2 or POSIX, and if an argument
or behavior is extraneous, careful thought should be put into leaving it
in LSB.

To do otherwise places an unrealistic burden on implementors of embedded
and otherwise small systems.

Does a standard Linux implementation of /bin/cat really require
supporting --number-nonblank and --squeeze-blank and --show-nonprinting?

I humbly urge members and readers to reconsider this course of action. 
As it stands, LSB is currently not a standards document but really a
common-practices document.

Best regards,


Jeff Garzik      | Only so many songs can be sung
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