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Re: options to retire?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: options to retire?
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:43:09 +0000

> My philosophy is that deprecated options should be undocumented,
> and ideally, their use should should provoke a diagnostic for
> at least a year (in a stable release) before removal.

I can agree with that philosophy.  However, that didn't happen
with cat --binary - it was just silently removed between 5.3.0 and
5.90 with no deprecation period (although NEWS does document
this, and the option wasn't really very useful to begin with).

> Feedback welcome.

One more - what about who -i vs. who -u?  I found the
documentation there rather confusing.  'info who' lists -i
and --idle twice, but claims the option is deprecated
only once; meanwhile, it does not list --users.  Invoking
both who -i and who --idle warns about -i being deprecated.

Eric Blake

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