I need seq for one of my shell scripts and found out that it is currently missing from the coreutils package provided as part of MSYS. Please add this little usefull tool.
I just found out that I have to install the msys-coreutils-ext package in order to get the seq tool. So please consider this bug report as a request to move seq from -ext to -bin.
IMO, seq is correctly assigned to the -ext package. It isn't an extensively used tool, and in particular, it isn't required by the GNU Coding Standards. While we aren't obliged to slavishly adhere to GCS, it does provide useful guidance, and we've traditionally followed it as the arbiter of -ext vs. -bin package content.
I'll leave the final decision to the package maintainer, but I think we should decline this request. One user's whim doesn't justify the change, (which would contravene our minimalist objectives), especially when that user can simply install the -ext package.
I agree with Keith's reasoning. The point of MSYS is a "Minimal SYStem", which means that we really should strongly resist growing the -bin package of the core components like coreutils. Those who want the "extra" tools can easily install the "-ext" package.
Closing as 'Refused'
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