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Re: Emphasizing commonly-used commands in 'svn help' output.

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2005-07-12 03:31:28 CEST

Greg Hudson wrote:

>>By default, 'svn help' would only show the commonly-used commands that
>>a new user would be most likely to want to see in help output.
>
>
> A terrible idea, to me. We can't predict what commands a new user will
> be interested in. Some of them may be used to locking every file; some
> of them may need partial checkouts; some of them may be mostly examining
> a project's history; others may be doing lots of branching and merging;
> some may be interested in our five property commands and some may not.
>
> All you're really proposing to do is make it less obvious how to get a
> full list of commands.

For the record, when I used to use Perforce at my last job I was
continually annoyed by the fact that when I needed to remember what the
name of a specific command was I'd always end up typing 'p4 help',
getting a page or two of output that did not include all the commands,
spend a minute or two looking through it expecting beyond all reason to
find what I'm looking for, recall that they have a special subsection of
the help that includes all the commands, type 'p4 help commands' (or
whatever it was), and then find what i was looking for. It was really
annoying.

-garrett

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