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Re: PATCH: client shows help instead of certain specific error messages

From: Dave Cridland [Home] <dave_at_cridland.net>
Date: 2003-04-10 16:33:04 CEST

On Wed, 2003-04-09 at 17:55, Robert Pluim wrote:
> Brian Denny writes:
> > On Wed, Apr 09, 2003 at 12:30:21AM +0100, Julian Foad wrote:
> > >
> > > This is what it wanted to display (the code in diff-cmd.c sets up this
> > > error message):
> > >
> > > >~/src/subversion> svn diff http://any.url/
> > > >subversion/clients/cmdline/diff-cmd.c:92: (apr_err=205000)
> > > >svn: Client error in parsing arguments
> > > >svn: Second URL is required.
> >
> > hm, i wonder whether we should still show the help anyway. on the one
> > hand, usually after i get an option-parsing error (with any program) the
> > first think i'll want to do is look up the correct usage. on the other
> > hand, i can always type 'svn help diff' myself.

> Normally I'd agree with this, but the help output for svn diff is,
> uhhm, "substantial" is probably the best word.

Why not simply append "Type `svn help diff' for usage.", or something
similar, as happens when you type "svn" or "svn aardvark".

> > bikeshed, anyone?
> I'm partial to purple, myself. With yellow polka dots. Goes with my
> socks.

I'd like to propose abandoning the bikeshed concept entirely, and
instead redesigning the bike to be rain-resistant.


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