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Re: [Issue 3436] New - Short option for --ignore-externals (-i ?)

From: Daniel Shahaf <d.s_at_daniel.shahaf.name>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 01:18:43 +0300 (Jerusalem Daylight Time)

Julian Foad wrote on Mon, 27 Jul 2009 at 17:38 +0100:
> > Or am I just being stupid about this and the simple solution is
> > to take the simplest contraction of the long option and make
> > it an alias of the long option. If, in the near future,
> > a similar option is proposed, we extend that with another
> > character?
>
> Not sure exactly what you mean by "we extend that". Yes, we can just
> choose something like "--ie" now. If, in the near or far future, we add
> a new option such as "--ignore-existing" and want a shortish alias for
> it, then we can't choose "--ie" but we will have plenty of "room" to
> choose another reasonable abbreviation for the new option, such as
> "--ix" or "--iexist".
>

Idea: if we start introducing more short names, we can try having
prefixes/suffixes/words common to multiple options (e.g., 'ignore',
'prop') be abbreviated identically everywhere they appear.

e.g., if we have --ignore-externals and --ignore-symlinks, we might
abbreviate them as --I-externals and --I-symlinks (or even --I-sl, and
then --no-symlinks might become --no-sl, etc.).

Point: less things to remember.

> So, for now, I would suggest "--ie".
>
> - Julian
>
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