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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: coreutils-6.10-1

On Apr 14 21:17, Eric Blake wrote:
> Eric Blake <ebb9 <at>> writes:
> > The cost of stat'ing a known symlink (which may involve spinning up a disk or 
> > doing a network access) just to color its target was deemed too expensive for 
> > the default.  Coreutils 6.11 is due out this week, with no change in 
> behavior, 
> > but perhaps for 6.12, upstream can add a option to dircolors/ls that requests 
> > coloring symlink targets in spite of the increased cost of the stat.
> > 
> Also, you can use ls -F to force the stat, and hence the coloring.

Using -F is ok for the time being.  While the extra stat call is a big
performance hit, it's also helpful to identify dangling symlinks.  Not
that all uncolored symlinks are dangling but the coloring confines the

Thanks for your confirmation,

Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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