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Re: [PATCH] '-p' shortcut to '--parents'

From: Jared Hardy <jaredhardy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-18 22:17:04 CEST

> On 5/18/07, Karl Fogel <kfogel@red-bean.com> wrote:
> > What do you think of Jared's proposal? I'm guardedly in favor; are
> > there cases where one *wouldn't* want the parent-creating behavior,
> > and if so, are they compelling enough to override the principle that
> > the intuitive thing should be the default?
On 5/17/07, David Glasser <glasser@mit.edu> wrote:
> The obvious case, to me, is a typo: if you misspell the name of a
> directory when trying to make a directory nested deep inside it, you
> probably don't want a whole hierarchy of directories to be made by
> mistake, complete with .svn directories and all.

I find any such attempts to "save the user from themselves"
simultaneously amusing and frustrating. If you're so afraid of typos,
why not add an "Are you sure? (y/n)" message after each and every
command that creates anything new?? ;P
    If users are intelligent enough to be using the command-line
client in the first place, then they're probably also intelligent
enough to clean up after their own mistakes. In GUI land, auto-suggest
and spell-check are the proper solutions to potential typo problems --
not pop-ups and failures. In client land, you have to trust your users
to know what they're doing. I understand your concerns, I just don't
agree with them.

:) Jred

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