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Re: how to respond to bad options

From: B. W. Fitzpatrick <fitz_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2002-07-25 23:14:26 CEST

Jim Blandy <jimb@red-bean.com> writes:
> I've always disliked programs that give you a complete usage summary
> whenever you give it a bad option flag. Maybe I'm a poorer typist
> than most, but usually I've simply mistyped something, and it's
> annoying to have all my context --- that is, the actual work I've been
> doing --- swept off the screen.
> I prefer error messages that simply tell you which flag the program
> didn't like, and tell you how to get usage if you actually need it:

I *totally* agree with this Jim, but I've never been annoyed enough by
it to bring it up--or submit a patch. I'm +1 on this change of


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