Bug 455830 - tail does not accept +N option
tail does not accept +N option
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Ondrej Vasik
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-07-18 01:08 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2008-07-18 03:34 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-07-18 03:34:55 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2008-07-18 01:08:22 EDT
Description of problem:

   The tail program does not process the +N option. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

    The tail program given a +N option (i.e.  tail +5 file ), should print out
the contents of file starting from line 5.  This works under other distrubtion
of linux, and is correctly documented in the man page.

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1.  tail +5 file
Actual results:
tail: cannot open `+5' for reading: No such file or directory

Expected results:

 contents of file starting from line 5

Additional info:
Comment 1 Ondrej Vasik 2008-07-18 03:34:55 EDT
Thanks for report, however you are wrong - this works unlike with upstream under
other distribution of Linux. Additionally - man pages are not relevant
documentation for coreutils - as you can see on every single man page that you
should use info pages. You can read more about that change of behaviour at
upstream faq (
 ). Restoration of old (it is against latest POSIX specifications) is possible
with  setting _POSIX2_VERSION=199209 in environment - you can do that via export
or via `alias tail="_POSIX2_VERSION=199209 tail"`. Closing NOTABUG.

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