Subject: Re: bin/5166: newer (RIPE?) whois servers like -options passed to them
To: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Geoff Wing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/17/1998 01:16:06
Todd Vierling wrote about Re: bin/5166: newer (RIPE?) whois servers like -options passed to them:
:On 16 Mar 1998 email@example.com wrote:
:: Newer whois servers, probably based on the RIPE one, handle
:: internally many different flags, eg. -i, -m, -M, -a, etc.
:: We should ignore any such options and pass them through. The
:: only one that we take notice of is -h host which must be the
:: first option.
:What's wrong with the getopt terminator `--'?:
: whois -h whois.ripe.net -- -m stuff...
:That terminates argument parsing and passes the switches right on down the
I probably should have mentioned that I'm well aware of `--' as a terminator
for getopt, though I didn't think it necessarily the best thing for most
users. However, I also think that moving away from getopt is ugly, so
these options are somewhat conflicting. I'm beginning to agree that maybe
this would be better addressed as a note in the man page. I'll leave that
to someone else :-)
:option and a whois server option. (Maybe this is best established as a
:documentation change-request, to update the manpage to include this
:If this solves your problem, please say so and I'll close the PR.
:Otherwise, the topic is still open to discussion....
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