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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: command naming suggestions

From: Miles Bader
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: command naming suggestions
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 10:55:11 +0900

Zenaan Harkness <address@hidden> writes:
> * I suggest to have an alias for every command that has one or more
> dashes ("-") in it, without the dashes.

I think this is a bad idea.  Anybody who's ever had the misfortune of
reading BSD kernel code will know how completely unreadable names
without separators are (hint: _worse_ than studly-caps!); and such
"abbreviated" names _will_ find their way into scripts, tutorials, etc.

If you have problems typing dashes, that's an impediment to using
unix/lisp/etc in general.  I'd respectfully suggest that it would be
more productive to simply get more practice typing dashes.

> * I suggest aliases for each of the library-* commands, obviously
> without the dashes, but also by shortening library to "lib", eg liblog,
> libfile, etc. "lib" is an easy and significantly less finger-twisting
> set of letters to type than "library" (I'm a touch typist, and library
> has always been "one of those words that slows you down").

I do find myself annoyed at two long strings in the command names, in
particular:  "library" and "changeset".  "lib" and "cset" might be good
abbreviations -- but such command names should use "-" separators, just
like the long command names.

Or, perhaps the official names should simply be made shorter (with
backward compatibility aliases).

o The existentialist, not having a pillow, goes everywhere with the book by
  Sullivan, _I am going to spit on your graves_.

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