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Re: xargs --negate-interactive

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: xargs --negate-interactive
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:45:45 +0100

I have a preference for (a) because I'm mildly philosophically opposed to
the abbreviation option (among other reasons, because supporting the
shortest unique abbreviation gives rise to surprising results when other
possible expansions appear in later releases).

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 6:52 AM, Bernhard Voelker <address@hidden>

> On 07/17/2016 08:49 PM, James Youngman wrote:
> > I can see your point, but I think it might seem surprising for
> > --interactive=no to turn on the interactive behaviour.   Can we refine
> > your proposal so it isn't surprising in this way, somehow?
> Ah, that was ambigous, too, I must admit.
> Maybe one of these?
> a) --interactive=default-no        vs.  --interactive=default-yes
> b) --interactive=newline-means-no  vs.  --interactive=newline-means-yes
> c) --interactive=no-per-default    vs.  --interactive=yes-per-default
> a) may be the clearest (and most closest to your initial proposal),
> while c) could be abbreviated by the user to "...=n" which is faster
> to type.  WDYT?
> Have a nice day,
> Berny

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