Subject: Re: RFC: getopt_long(3) change
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: James K. Lowden <email@example.com>
Date: 06/28/2007 23:53:54
David Laight wrote:
> Actually it is a stupid idea!
> Or rather allowing partial matches is what is stupid.
It's not stupid, not even a little bit. And before anyone blames/credits
the GNU folks, does no one remember, say, VMS? Or I'm sure there are
other obvious examples of prior art.
* * * S T A R T R E K * * *
Press return to continue.
What length game: ?
short medium long restart
What length game: sh
What skill game: ?
novice fair good expert
What skill game: no
Enter a password:
5 starbases at 0,2, 1,2, 7,1, 6,3, 3,6
It takes 250 units to kill a Klingon
I used VMS for a few years. I quickly learned to type the least at the
console and to spell everything out in my scripts.
Only a sadist would require that every long command be spelled out
precisely and completely. The alternative is very short options, which
eventually become impossibly cryptic. (Quick, what does "ls -m" do?)