Subject: Re: Switching from old-style getopt to new-style one
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 11/01/2000 19:34:03
On Wed, Nov 01, 2000 at 06:58:59PM -0800, Chris G. Demetriou wrote:

 > Uh, as far as I know and am concerned, that is _not_ the correct
 > behaviour for most programs.
 > for instance, the syntax for 'cat' is:
 >      cat [-benstuv] [-] [file ...]
 > and that's as it has historically been (modulo additional options,
 > etc.)
 > If you specify a file name, that is the end of option parsing, period.
 > I don't think the new behaviour you describe should be the default for
 > _any_ existing program in our source tree, unless you can provide some
 > documentation (e.g. a standard like POSIX.2 or one of the X/Open ones)
 > that mandates it.

Agreed -- and, in fact, it would break some programs either in the
tree now, or hitting the tree soon.

There *ARE* programs out there that do:

	foo -b foocmd -cd

i.e. -cd are flags to foocmd, not foo.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>