Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Max Bowsher maxb at f2s.com
Mon Jun 1 22:41:28 UTC 2009


Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
> Benjamin Drung wrote:
>> On Mon Jun 1 04:15:19 BST 2009 Remco wrote:
>>   
>>> I have a file here of "701.2 MB", which is "735270912 bytes". Now, if
>>> it really *were* 701.2 MB, then it would be 701200000 bytes. So that's
>>> clearly base 2, which should be MiB.
>>>     
>> That is what the bug report is about. Using MiB for values, wich are base 2.
>>
>> So is there anybody who wants to keep the old confusing behaviour?
>>
>>   
> /me raises hand.

Ditto.

To my mind, the power-of-2 grouping is sufficiently intrinsic to the
nature of bytes, whilst the "kibi mebi gibi tebi" stuff not only sounds
and looks stupid, but loses a great deal of clarity by making all of the
prefixes differ only in a single syllable.

Max.

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