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Re: [PATCH] Move multiple targets

From: Alan Barrett <apb_at_cequrux.com>
Date: 2005-11-09 07:13:39 CET

On Tue, 08 Nov 2005, Jim Blandy wrote:
> I think the ellipsis notation got introduced to Subversion when I used
> it to describe skel formats in the database, and in some other places.
> The way we use it there, 'FOO ...' always means 'zero or more repetitions
> of FOO'.

I would expect "FOO ..." to mean "one or more repetitions of FOO",
and "[FOO ...]" to mean "zero or more repetitions of FOO". I believe
that my expectation is in line with the conventions used in unix man
pages.

"man ls" on NetBSD says:
     ls [-AaBbCcdFfghikLlmnopqRrSsTtuWwx1] [file ...]

"man mv" on NetBSD says:
     mv [-fiv] source target
     mv [-fiv] source ... directory

It's confusing for subversion to define similar notation with a
different meaning.

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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