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Re: Do test-path_is_{file,dir,exists} make sense anymore with -x?


On Tue, 26 Feb 2019, Jeff King wrote:

> I had a vague notion that there was some reason (portability?) that we
> preferred to have the wrappers. But as your patch shows, they really are
> just calling "test" and nothing else.

Let's also not forget about the fact that `test -f` is actually not all
that intuitive an interface. Whereas even somebody without training in
software development (let alone Unix shell scripting) understands the
meaning of

	test_path_is_file this-file.txt

And even for a trained eye, the trace of `test -f` is sometimes hard to
read, as you do *not* see the exit code in the trace, so you have to guess
from circumstantial evidence whether it failed or succeeded.