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Re: Bikeshed: --quiet option

From: <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-01 16:17:06 CEST

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:

> When I was writing some scripts to test the performance of
> skip-deltas, I noted that the treatment of the "-q" option seemed a
> little odd to me. "svn ci -q" would omit the file statuses but would
> still print "\nCommitted revision N.\n"; and the -q option didn't
> apply at all to "svn update" or "svn add".
> Now that I'm coming back to this, I'm a little unsure about what the
> right behavior is. If we review how the -q option works in other
> commands, we see two different classes of behaviors:
> * "Silence is golden": In some cases, like rsync or scp, the -q
> switch is equivalent to redirecting stdout to /dev/null. The idea
> is to turn a noisy command into something more like a traditional
> Unix utility, which never writes anything to stdout unless that's
> its primary function.
> * "Speak softly": In other cases, like cvs, the -q switch reduces
> chatter but leaves some informational messages alone. In the cvs
> case, per-directory messages go away but the file status messages
> stay.

I think CVS uses -q and -Q for "speak softly" and "silence is golden"
respectively. I'd be pleased if we supported the same.

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