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Re: Bikeshed: --quiet option

From: <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-02 16:14:21 CEST

Karl Fogel <kfogel@newton.ch.collab.net> writes:

> Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:
> > So, Karl's approach was "silence is golden" for mutators and "speak
> > softly" for accessors. What you've described is "speak softly" for
> > everything. Just so you know that you're not actually leaning towards
> > his approach.
> Bingo on the description, Greg. Mike, what are your true feelings?
> (Don't be shy now...)

Hm. Running the following reveals that we currently have no
subcommands which claim to accept the --very-verbose flag:

   for i in `svn help | grep -e '^ .' | cut -d ' ' -f 4`; do
       svn help ${i} | grep -e '--very-verbose'

So, first of all, that flag should probably get removed.

Looking beyond that, I think Karl's method might be overly aggressive
in the feedback filtering. I like the "speak softly" for accessors --
as was noted, if you ran a command that exist for just dumping
information, you shouldn't need a "silence is golden" mechanism for
that. It's the "silence is golden" as the only option for mutators
that I'm not sure about. Maybe someone might like the option of a
"speak softly" for mutators as well. You know, perhaps I'd like to
run `svn ci -q' and have it only tell me "Committed revision 123." Or
run `svn co' and have it only tell me "Checked out revision 456."

+1 on "speak softly" for accessors
+0 on "speak softly" for mutators
+0 on "silence is golden" (in light of /dev/null and NIL)

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