Annoying octal notation

James Harris james.harris.1 at
Sat Aug 22 01:23:57 CEST 2009

On 21 Aug, 20:48, Derek Martin <c... at> wrote:


> James Harris wrote:
> > It maybe made sense once but this relic of the past should have been
> > consigned to the waste bin of history long ago.
> Sigh.  Nonsense.  I use octal notation *every day*, for two extremely
> prevalent purposes: file creation umask, and Unix file permissions
> (i.e. the chmod() function/command).  

You misunderstand. I was saying that taking a leading zero as
indicating octal is archaic. Octal itself is fine where appropriate.

The chmod command doesn't require a leading zero.


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