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Re: Bikeshed: --quiet option

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-01 18:51:32 CEST

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:
> I'd like to implement one of the models, but I'm not sure which. I'm
> guessing there isn't much to say on this topic beyond what I've
> already said, so we can probably take it immediately to a vote on
> preference.

Actually, I think the rules are (or should be):

   * For a command which has no other effect besides printing
     information, "-q" means "speak softly", that is, just print less
     information. That is the current behavior of "svn status -q".

     (There's no other reasonable meaning for -q on such commands,
     since the "silence is golden" interpretation would make them
     no-ops, so overloading it to mean "speak softly" seems useful.)

   * For a command which has some non-printing effect, such as commit
     or update, "-q" should mean "silence is golden", and suppress all
     output. The fact that commits and updates don't currently do
     this is an oversight, not a conscious decision.


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Received on Thu Aug 1 19:06:19 2002

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