Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/usr.bin/cksum
To: Jeff Rizzo <>
From: Elad Efrat <>
List: source-changes
Date: 08/22/2005 00:29:47
Jeff Rizzo wrote:

> IMO, the proper way to deprecate options is not by _removing_ them from
> the documentation, it's marking them as _deprecated_.  The documentation
> should reflect the flags actually accepted by the command;  if we don't
> want people to use them, they should be marked in the man page with
> something like "This flag is deprecated, and may be removed in a future
> version.  Please use -a <algorithm> instead."

I accept what you say, but still want to completely discourage people
from using these flags; that's why they were left in the code (to keep
``existing scripts'' working...) and removed from the docs.

Although I doubt anyone is using these flags, and certainly think
we're making too big of a deal out of them, I'm willing to add notes
about these flags back to the man-page if you insist. ;)


Elad Efrat
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