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Re: lynx-dev OK "lynx -v"; ERROR: "lynx -v > foo.out"; WHY?

From: Thomas E. Dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev OK "lynx -v"; ERROR: "lynx -v > foo.out"; WHY?
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 06:12:49 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, Ulf H{rnhammar wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 10:51:36AM +0100, Ian Collier wrote:
> > If you look closely when you type "lynx -v" you'll probably see "lynx:
> > Invalid Option: -v" right at the top of the help message.  [I'm using
> > Lynx 2.8.4 here and "lynx -v" doesn't give me version info - only the
> > long list of options.]  All that happened when you redirected it into
> > a file was that the warning message didn't get redirected but the list
> > of options did.  (You can redirect both at once using the >& operator
> > in your shell.)
> -v is a common option for showing the version. Many other programs
> support it. -h for help is also very common.

but not all (and there's no standard).  Some common variants: -v
--version, -V (and then there are programs that refuse to tell you - which
are the majority).

T.E.Dickey <address@hidden>

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