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Re: Bikeshed: --quiet option

From: Scott Lamb <slamb_at_slamb.org>
Date: 2002-08-01 18:33:40 CEST

Greg Hudson wrote:
> * "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.

I never understood the point of these - redirecting to /dev/null works
just as well and is standard across all software. Unless you print
errors on stdout, but that would be dumb.

> * "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.
> Since we don't have per-directory scanning messages in svn

That's why I use -q with cvs (and consider it necessary - otherwise, the
update display is too noisy to be useful). Here, I don't see the same need.

So, I'm just not sure these options are worth worrying about. I don't
think I'd use either one.

Scott Lamb
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Received on Thu Aug 1 18:34:24 2002

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