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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: Question about bug 8206

From: Miles Bader
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Question about bug 8206
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 11:01:44 +0900

Pedro Perez <address@hidden> writes:
> As a user, the closer the information is to the command that generates 
> it, the better it is, no? While protocols and implementation details 
> should be documented elsewhere, others should be documented as close to 
> the user as possible.

Many, many, commands in tla generate that same output format.  It's not
just "tla changes".

So either you repeat the same lengthy (and intrusive if that's not what
you're looking for -- and I think after the 3rd or 4th time, it's _not_
what users are looking for) explanation many times in different
commands, or you use a level of indirection to consolidate it in one
place.  I do not believe the latter is a burden for the user as long as
it is well done.

I think the "tla has too many commands" argument is just plain silly[1].
If there's a "problem" in this regard, it's more that the "tla help"
command isn't structured enough.  A rework of the help command to
include an argument of some sort could both address this "issue", and
offer a natural place for such things as explanations of the changeset

[1] There _are_ commands which are probably redundant and should be
consolidated, but that has nothing to do with the overall number of

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