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[bug #40803] ftsfind.1: \- changed to - (hyphen) in the name of an optio

From: Andreas Metzler
Subject: [bug #40803] ftsfind.1: \- changed to - (hyphen) in the name of an option
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2014 07:01:52 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #3, bug #40803 (project findutils):

On 2014-01-04 Bjarni Ingi Gislason wrote:
>  The hyphen-glyph is for the correct rendering of an
> English compound word, not the minus-glyph.  The '--' (rendered as
> two minus-glyphs) can be looked at as a kind of a prefix, to declare
> the (compound) name as an option. 
>   People, that must (know nothing else) use copy-and-paste, should not
> use a command, that produces an output for a(n)
> (equivalent of) printed medium.  They should (may, must, shall) use an
> ASCII output, for example from the option '-T ascii' for 'man' (not
> sure) or try 'info ...'.  Or type it (learn to type
> with ten fingers) or use methods, that *NIX people have used, if they
> otherwise have to type repeatedly the same (long) command line.

>   Using "minus" (-) instead of a 'hyphen-minus' (-) (in a (compound) word)
> just a pseudo solution.  It is based on ignorance.

I disagree quite strongly. Manpages are reference documention - "If you type
*exactly* this then the following will happen". And find does not
read/understand hyphens.

Also talking about unix tradition is not relevant here. This is a new problem
which did not exist in the ancient days of yore, because terminals at this
time could not render a hyphen and used minus signs automatically.

cu Andreas


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