Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Jun 1 09:23:39 BST 2009


Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> 2009/6/1 Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net>:
>   
>> Christopher Chan wrote:
>>     
>>> Heh. Good luck changing du, ls, df, yada yada to anything other than
>>> base2 upstream.
>>>       
>> From "man du":
>>
>> | --si
>> |    like -h, but use powers of 1000 not 1024
>>
>>     
>
> Yeah but it uses incorrect prefix =(
>
>        -h, --human-readable
>               print sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
>
>        --si   like -h, but use powers of 1000 not 1024
>
> So the -h should use Ki Mi and Gi (am I getting this right?). And
> somehow their classification is funny to me:
>
> 1) powers of 2 - human-readabe
> 2) powers of 10 - si, i.e. scientific crowds
>
> I believe powers of 2 is computer jibrish and SI units the only true
> human units you should be using (or maybe it's just me with all my
> math and physics....)
>
> Anyways before I was using -H and now it is going to be depreciated
> soon and the warning redirects to use --si. I was pretty sure in the
> past they called -H human readable???? or am I wrong????
>
>   

-h has always been human readable. I have never used -H nor notice it 
until now...

(human readable = not in kilobytes^Wkibibytes or astronomical number)



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