WG15 Defect Report Ref: 9945-2-47
Topic: od

This is an approved interpretation of 9945-2:1993.


Last update: 1997-05-20



	Topic:			od
	Relevant Sections:	4.45.7
	Classification:	defect

Defect Report:

	  In Section 4.45.7, the last sentence of the first paragraph

	     "If no output type is specified, the default output
	     format shall be as if "-t o2" had been specified."
	  which indicates that 2 bytes are to be transformed by each
	  instance of the (octal) output type.

	  This contradicts historical practice, in which the od command
	  by default does an octal conversion on items of type 'short',
	  reagardless of byte or word size.

	  Is my reading of the standard correct? If so I believe the
	  standard to be in error on these points.

	  If you require clarification of this request, or more
	  information, please do not hesitate to contact me at +1 (512)
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WG15 response for 9945-2:1993 

The standard states the required behavior and
conforming implementations shall conform to this.

The effect of this is that a system that does not support 2 byte
interval quantities could produce a diagnostic message.  So,
concerns about the wording of this part of the standard have
been forwarded to the sponsor.

Rationale for Interpretation: