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Re: ugly aliases (was: Re: CVS update: MODIFIED: libsvn_wc ...)

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2001-05-22 00:39:25 CEST

On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 03:10:45PM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Which ones, specifically?

In my follow-on email.

> But in general, people do save time by typing shortcuts. I use some
> of them myself in CVS, I know other people who use other ones. And if
> we're going to have short synonyms, then they need to be strictly
> defined from the outset. We can't just go with unique prefixes,
> because as other commands are added later, they will interfere with
> people's existing reflexes.


> Short aliases don't do any harm, and in cases where the basic command
> is more than a few letters long, having at least one short alias does
> some good. Therefore in general, I think we shouldn't be afraid to
> make aliases.

Short aliases do have some harm. They must be documented, and they must be
retained forever. Avoiding them now leaves us more room in the future.

> (And if a bunch of people post saying they use "cvs ad", that ought to
> tell us something, too. :-) )

Yah... it'll tell us there are a bunch of kooks out there in the world :-)


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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