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Re: [help-gengetopt] Gengetopt 2.22 and --show-detailed-help

From: Lorenzo Bettini
Subject: Re: [help-gengetopt] Gengetopt 2.22 and --show-detailed-help
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:56:01 +0100
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Tim Post wrote:
On Fri, 2008-03-14 at 17:10 +0100, Lorenzo Bettini wrote:
so you're saying that the current output should be standard, aren't you?

Yes. Just to check I ran some of the more complex GNU programs through
help2man just to see, gcc has the same style output. Since gengetopt is
a GNU program, its output should probably behave the same :)

Programs with many, many options do produce help that is very difficult
to read, especially on a dumb terminal / local console without scroll
back capabilities. I really don't think much can be done in gengetopt's
output to cure that to any effective degree, hence the usefulness of
man/info/help2man (and all the more reason to keep it standard).

Thanks for the information Tim :-)

I seemed to remember that the current output is standard, but I wanted to be sure...

Tong, the initial spaces can still be inserted manually (but remember that also wrapping should be taken care of manually).


Lorenzo Bettini, PhD in Computer Science, DI, Univ. Torino
ICQ# lbetto, 16080134     (GNU/Linux User # 158233)

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