Subject: Re: CVS commit: src
To: Charles M. Hannum <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/23/1999 16:34:49
On Sat, 23 Jan 1999, Charles M. Hannum wrote:
> Actually, there have more or less been plans to add long options to
> everything eventually.  I'm not sure I want to waste any time arguing
> about whether that's a good idea or not; it really comes down to a
> matter of religion.  My religion says that if a lot of people install
> GNU fileutils just to get long options (and they do), then maybe we
> should do something about that.

While we're at getopt-bashing: 
Matt asked me to parse some options for tetris(6) from some environment
variable, so he could make some options permanent via the environment. 
It would be nice if we could add this to some getopt() function somehow to
parse an environment variable instead of argv[].

LS=-la ; export LS ; ls => behave as if "ls -la" was invoked

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>