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Re: Compare WC with a URL

From: Jim Blandy <jimb_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2005-12-02 23:31:37 CET

On 12/2/05, Michael Sinz <Michael.Sinz@sinz.org> wrote:
> My initial response to this would be not to try to document this
> behavior in the help output, just in the more detailed documentation.
> This is a shortcut that is useful because people seem to expect it to
> work that way. Thus, it reduces the "surprise" element that it does not
> work.

It seems to me that we should use our heuristics to print a helpful
error message, suggesting how the user could get the effect we suspect
they wanted, but not use the heuristics to actually invoke the
behavior. That way, we avoid making life difficult for scripts, and
avoid the ambiguity in the command-line, but still help people trying
to do WC/repo comparisons.

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