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Re: [bug-inetutils] ping, --count=NUMBER

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] ping, --count=NUMBER
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 07:56:27 -0400

   > What do people think about making the NUMBER argument to --count
   > optional?  The default value could be 3.

   This will create a minor incompatibility with another ping
   implementations.  I mean, some people may be using this in their

      ping -c 4

   which will break when -c is changed to accept optional argument.

Eh, why would this break anything?  In the above example, you
explictly give an argument to --count.  I was thinking about allowing,
  ping -c gnu.org

which would ping gnu.org 3 times.

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