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Re: Suggestion for rmdir

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Suggestion for rmdir
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:51:46 +0100

Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> According to Adam Jimerson on 12/27/2008 8:36 AM:
>>> Thanks for the report.  However, coreutils use GNU getopt semantics, where
>>> unambiguous abbreviations of long options are recognized.  Therefore, you
>>> need not type the full name, and can get by with:
>>> rmdir --i
>> If that is the case then can that be added to ether the help, man, or
>> info pages?  I am using openSUSE 11.0 with version 6.11 of the GNU Core
>> Utilities and non of those pages said that you can shorten it to just
>> --i making me think that I had to type the whole thing.
> The info pages would be the right place.  This is not specific to
> coreutils - ALL clients of getopt_long have this behavior.  But you are
> indeed correct that enhancing the 'info coreutils "Common options"' page
> to mention that most coreutils understand unambiguous abbreviations would
> be a nice addition.
> Jim, okay to apply this?

Sure.  Thank you both.

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