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

From: Christopher Ness <chris_at_nesser.org>
Date: 2005-07-12 16:16:37 CEST

On Tue, 2005-07-12 at 11:29 +0200, nick vajberg wrote:
> I really dislike the proposal of just showing a
> partial list. There's a few tools that does this, and
> they routinely confuse me.
>
> The proper solution IMO is to group the commands into
> logical categories; grep --help is a guiding example.

That is fair. But I would still like to see only one command per line.
This way it is easy for other programs to parse the abilities of the
client.

Compressing the commands available into multi-columns isn't a very good
idea, IMHO.

> A long list is not problematic as long as it is easy
> on the eye.

Agreed.

> I also dislike aliases. They do nothing but making the
> help output harder to read and remembering the
> commands gets more difficult for newbies. Making a
> command a bit shorter to write is no argument; that
> can be done by wrapper scripts for those in need.
>
> Four aliases for 'delete' is, well, three to many.

I'd argue that different systems make the users think in different
terms. For example, I don't `del` my files, I `rm` them.

Cheers,
Chris

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