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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: Thu, 07 Sep 2017 05:31:46 +0300

> From: Philipp Stephani <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:32:18 +0000
> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
> 
>  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?
> 
> For almost all arguments all four variants (-foo bar, --foo bar, -foo=bar, 
> --foo=bar) appear to work, for long and
> for short options. Either we should document that they work (that's what 
> everybody expects by now), or turn
> the unwanted versions into explicit errors. 
> We should generally change the code and the documentation at the same time, 
> to make sure they are
> consistent.

I agree with the last sentence.  It's almost exactly what I said.  The
rest of what you write sounds like a contradiction to me, as currently
the only inconsistency I see is that the emacs.1 man page creates a
wrong impression that omitting the = would work.






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