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

From: Garance A Drosihn <drosih_at_rpi.edu>
Date: 2007-05-18 23:34:49 CEST

At 1:17 PM -0700 5/18/07, Jared Hardy wrote:
>>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.

IMO, it's not just a question of saving a user from themselves, but:

Q: How many times do I "need" some parent directories automatically
    created for me?
a: Very few times (speaking for me personally)

Q: How many times do I make a typo in some parent-directory name,
    while trying to create a single new directory in an already-
    existing directory?
a: Much more often. Not that I make a lot of typos, but that does
    happen more often than I need to create multiple levels of
    directories in a single command.

Q: For the two possible behaviors, which is more annoying to me when
    I want the "not-chosen" behavior but get the chosen behavior?
a: It's not annoying (to me) to re-enter a command and add '-p' to
    it. It's much more annoying if a bunch of extra directories were
    created due to a typo, and now I have to get rid of them all.

-- 
Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad@gilead.netel.rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad@freebsd.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih@rpi.edu
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