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Re: Building binutils/gcc/glibc -
>> The GNU Configure scripts seem to break with coreutils 5.0,
>> specifically head and tail programs no longer accept -# but now -n#
> This is a bug in coreutils 5.0. Report it to the coreutils
> maintainers. These "obsolete" command line options must continue to be
"The obsolescent -number form is withdrawn.".
So the standard no longer requires head or tail to support -#.
The coreutils people interpret this to mean that
head and tail are not allowed to accept the old option:
Annoyingly, BSD before 4.4 didn't accept -n # (according to the man page
archive at freebsd.org), so applications can't work with both
old BSD and new Posix. I suppose this is another thing one could
use autoconf to detect...