GNU bug report logs - #12433
doc: cp: slightly misleading documentation for "cp -f"

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Package: coreutils; Severity: wishlist; Reported by: Reuben Thomas <rrt@HIDDEN>; dated Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:09:02 UTC; Maintainer for coreutils is bug-coreutils@HIDDEN.
Changed bug title to 'doc: cp: slightly misleading documentation for "cp -f"' from 'Slightly misleading documentation for cp -f' Request was from Assaf Gordon <assafgordon@HIDDEN> to control <at> debbugs.gnu.org. Full text available.
Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'minor' Request was from Assaf Gordon <assafgordon@HIDDEN> to control <at> debbugs.gnu.org. Full text available.

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Subject: Slightly misleading documentation for cp -f
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--help says:

              if an existing destination file cannot be opened, remove
it and try again (redundant if the -n
              option is used)

That use of the word "redundant" suggests to the unwary reader that if
-n is used, then -f is not needed, but in fact (AFAICT) it means that
if -n is used then -f has no effect, so I suggest s/redundant/has no
effect/.

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Acknowledgement sent to Reuben Thomas <rrt@HIDDEN>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-coreutils@HIDDEN. Full text available.
Report forwarded to bug-coreutils@HIDDEN:
bug#12433; Package coreutils. Full text available.
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