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Re: "true.c" is bloated, I suggest "int main() { return 0; }

From: Philip Rowlands
Subject: Re: "true.c" is bloated, I suggest "int main() { return 0; }
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 15:53:09 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 4 Aug 2006, Helge Hafting wrote:

I noticed that the "true" and "false" programs are somewhat
bloated, on i386 they need 3 4k-pages of code when the trivial
implementation in the subject line only need one.

I can only guess that someone is trying to standardize the
use of --help and --version.  But standardization can be
overdone and doing things to the extreme
don't really make sense.

You guess correctly - these options are recommended by the GNU coding standards. I respectfully disagree that the --help output is excessive and better avoided; rather that a user should expect --help to behave consistently across all coreutils/GNU apps. As familiar as they are to experienced users, the names "true"/"false" are not self-descriptive.


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