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Re: PATCH: relpath

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: PATCH: relpath
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 13:41:34 +0200

Pádraig Brady wrote:

> On 05/13/2012 04:27 AM, Peng Yu wrote:
>>> `--relative-base=BASE'
>>>     Only output relative names when both the `--relative-to' and processed
>>>     FILEs are descendants of BASE.  Otherwise output the absolute file name.
>>>     Note this option honors the @option{-m} and @option{-e} options
>>>     pertaining to file existence.
>> '--relative-to' and '--relative-base' are too long. Would you please
>> add a one-letter shortcut, such as -t and -b?
> Well short options are a bit of a trade off.
> -t or -b would detract from the readability of a command
> using them and thus would be useful just to save typing.
> These days though there are other aids to both memory
> and typing, like shell tab completion and
> editor auto completion.
> Also a factor is the frequency of use.
> ls for example is a command used very often,
> so can benefit from some short options.
> I see realpath being used less interactively,
> and more in scripts where readability is more important.

Good answer.  Thanks.

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