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Re: [PATCH 2/2] hello: remove -h and -v short options

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] hello: remove -h and -v short options
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:17:42 +0100

On Sat, Jan 3, 2015, at 17:38, Reuben Thomas wrote:
> I think the reasoning for hello (and other programs) often eschewing short
> options for --help and --version is that the letters -h and -v may often be
> useful for other more frequently-used options, e.g. -v for --verbose.​


> > Long options are nice for scripts, for clarity, so commands don't
> > need comments.  Short options are great (nearly essential) for
> > typing things on the command line.
> ​Less so now that we have bash-completion.

Ah!  I didn't know that bash, besides command completion,
could do option completion too.

> ​Also, given an unknown program, it's more likely that --version or --help
> will succeed,


> So, given the tendency of GNU programs not to have short equivalents for
> these two options, I don't see why hello should have them.

Yeah, I was thinking too much of util-linux stuff instead of GNU stuff.

Seeing also Jim's arguments, and --help and --version not being
options one tends to type daily, I surrender my objections.


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