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bug#24949: Command-line argument parsing: named daemons


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#24949: Command-line argument parsing: named daemons
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:05:22 +0300

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>  > Compare with something like "--chdir /tmp", where both forms (with and
>  > without "=") work.
> 
>  I wouldn't expect it to work, since long options are documented to
>  need the equals sign.
> 
> This is incredibly surprising and also inconsistent with the man page, which 
> doesn't have equals signs for
> most options. Let's just document what everybody expects, i.e. that all 
> options work with and without equals
> sign, and with one or two dashes. 

Why would we want to do that?  Documentation should describe the
software, not our wishes.  If we want to change how the software
works, we should change the code first, and only after that change the
documentation.  Am I missing something here?





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