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Re: Change to rmdir flag?

From: Steven Lowson
Subject: Re: Change to rmdir flag?
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 14:23:05 +0100
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Hi Eric,

I did not know you could abbreviate unambiguous flags thanks for the tip.


On 29/06/12 00:16, Eric Blake wrote:
On 06/28/2012 04:48 PM, Steven Lowson wrote:
Hi Guys,

I would like to propose a change to one of the rmdir flags specifically
--ignore-fail-on-non-empty to something a bit more succinct. A more
suitable name would be -force or -f.

Thanks for the suggestion.  However, we're unlikely to burn a short
letter without existing precedence in some other implementation, since
that risks collisions with future standardization.  But do you realize
that long options can be abbreviated if the abbreviation is unambiguous?
  Therefore, 'rmdir --i' is equivalent to 'rmdir
--ignore-fail-on-non-empty', which is almost as good as your proposed
'rmdir -f' and shorter than your proposed 'rmdir --force'.

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