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Re: [PATCH] -R shortcut for --recursive

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-07-15 06:13:17 CEST

Justin Erenkrantz <jerenkrantz@apache.org> writes:
> That's the predominate usage of --recursive for me as well. I do
> find it interesting that --recursive is used most often with
> revert. =) -- justin

Yes :-).

Some people are going to say:

   "Of course, now that it's a short option, users will just get in
   the habit of typing -R every time they run revert, thus defeating
   the purpose of making revert nonrecursive by default."

So here's my response in advance:

People can habituate to *anything*. Heck, I was already habituating
to typing the long option "--recursive" whenever I typed revert. So
by going to "-R", we're not really decreasing the danger of
habituation here; the danger was always present, and it's just
something we have to live with. But at least for first-time users of
the command, we're making them think about what they're doing. I
doubt we can do much beyond that sort of cheap training.


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