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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

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.


> 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.


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