[tex-k] Re: newer (feature request)
olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Mon Apr 21 11:59:15 CEST 2003
Reinhard Kotucha writes:
> Hi Olaf,
> I do not know whether John Hobby's "newer" is such a holy cow as Knuth's
> TeX, which never should be changed.
Changing it is an option.
> If not, I would be very happy if the following extension could be
> newer needs exactly two commandline args.
> My idea is that it can get an arbitrary number of args, i.e.
> newer file_1 file_2 ... file_N
> First of all, it should check whether file_N already exists. Then it
> should compare the timestamps for each file file_1 ... file_(N-1) with
> that of file_N.
> If the program is used as before (only 2 args), it behaves exactly the
> same. If more than two args appear on the commandline, it is much
> more conveniant to use:
> In a shell script you could write:
> if newer *.tex file.dvi; then ...
> instead of:
> if newer file_1.tex file.dvi ||
> newer file_2.tex file.dvi ||
> newer file_3.tex file.dvi ||
> newer file_4.tex file.dvi ; then ...
Interesting idea; it does appear to be a useful generalization of the
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