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Re: Bikeshed: --quiet option

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-02 17:42:59 CEST

Thanks for organizing this discussion so well, Greg.

> Given our desire to save on single-letter options, I think the four
> choices are:
> * Get rid of -q for all mutators (it would retain its meaning in "svn
> st", which is the only accessor to currently use it). Tell people
> to redirect to /dev/null for "silence is golden". Decide nobody
> wants to see just the "revision N" messages. (Favored by Scott
> Lamb.)


> * Make -q "silence is golden" for mutators. Decide nobody wants to
> see just the "revision N" messages. (Favored by Karl, and also by
> me.)


> * Make -q "speak softly" for mutators, displaying only the revision N
> message. For "silence is golden", you have to redirect to
> /dev/null.


> * Make -q "speak softly" for mutators, and -q -q "silence is
> golden". (Suggested by William Uther.)


I think all the reasons for the above preferences have already been
said, so I'll just leave it at that.

> I would like to see a "silence is golden" option, because I think that
> noisy mutator commands should be somewhat apologetic about it, which
> means providing a nice pretty option to turn off the noise. But I'm
> happy to implement any consensus which makes the situation more
> consistent than it is.

How about a --very-quiet flag? Not so easy for humans, but great for
scripts and such. And could be set as a config option, too.

Unlike the -V flag, we know right away that we'd actually use it :-).

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