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Re: reposted feature request: assume 'help' as the argument when none is given and at least one is required

From: Martin A. Brooks <martin_at_hinterlands.org>
Date: 2005-01-28 01:16:35 CET

Max Bowsher wrote:

> No, this is deliberate.
>
> "svn" is a meaningless errorful invocation. So, you get a message to
> that effect.
>
> Errors should never auto-display usage, because then the error gets
> easily lost, made much less visible compared to the large help text.

I understand your point, however I disagree :)

'svn' is not a meaningless errorful invocation, from the user's point of
view, it's "I wonder what 'svn' does". Given that the only option
suggested when 'svn' is typed is 'type svn help' then why not short
circuit the process? If other options were suggested then I'd agree with
you, as it stands the impression given is "hahaha, you did it wrong, so
rather than be helpful I'm now going to make you beg for help", if you
see what I mean :)

Mart.

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