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FYI: deprecating mv --reply=X and cp --reply=X

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: FYI: deprecating mv --reply=X and cp --reply=X
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2005 19:05:35 +0200


The --reply=X option is now deprecated in both mv and cp.
That means the option will continue to work for a couple of
years, but if you use it, you'll get a diagnostic like this:

  mv: the --reply option is deprecated; use -i or -f instead

I've removed the description from --help, and marked the
description as `Deprecated: to be removed in 2008.' in coreutils.texi.

There's been a lot of discussion about this,
prompted by numerous complaints that --reply=no is confusing
(several recently, and several more over the last few years).

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