Subject: Re: deprecating long options in tar and cpio (was: CVS commit: src)
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/27/1999 00:12:30
On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Andrew Brown wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 26, 1999 at 08:18:33AM -0500, Todd Vierling wrote:
> >Exactly how does having longopts for compatibility (and the ability to have
> >more than 52 options) *hurt* you?
> 52?!  gzip -9!  and so on...
> one could "conceivably" have almost twice that many...

Just to throw in more data, there's a nice example of how fat this option
parsing game can get at
(IMHO, this guy should be LART with getopt/getopt_long manpages.)

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>