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SubjectRe: Announce: modutils 2.3.24 is available
On Wed, 3 Jan 2001 12:40:05 +0100, 
Matthias Andree <> wrote:
>On Wed, 03 Jan 2001, Keith Owens wrote:
>> Matthias Andree <> wrote:
>> >There's a problem. depmod should not try to do anything besides giving
>> >its version when --version is used, should it?
>> Historical accident. I want to clean that up but it breaks existing
>> behaviour;
>Okay, backwards compatibility weighs a lot.
>May I kindly ask you to give a note that -V does NOT terminate the
>program, but also comprises regular operation in --help and the man
>I can send in a patch if you want (that just changes the docs, but not
>the functionality).

Don't bother. It will change in 2.5 anyway, I can live with the odd
query until then. If you really want to get only the version number
then this will work for modutils 2.x for x >= 3.

(/sbin/depmod -V -n | head -1) 2>/dev/null

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