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

From: Dassi, Nasser <NDassi_at_141xm.com>
Date: 2005-01-28 14:29:00 CET

[snip]
"How about assuming that, when an svn command that takes arguments is
given none, 'help' is implied as the argument.

So 'svn' with no arguments would become 'svn help' however 'svn up'
which is happy with no arguments doesn't."
[/snip]

You present 2 operating logics (err, philosophies) in your example; as
Max stated, they go against each other, and against what SVN has chosen
to employ. Take this example:

[example]
I am a newbie, I open the CLI, and I type "svn" because I am reading the
book; *if* the full help displayed and I just read subcommands (b/c I'm
new, and I don't know any better) then I would assume "svn update" would
actually display the full help for the "svn update" command. FALSE!

If I am told "uhh, type SVN HELP" then ah-ha! I would assume I must
*always* type HELP to get the helpful info for any given command. TRUE!
[/example]

I most definitely feel (as do several others who have spoken re: this)
that using two logic patterns would cause *more* confusion among SVN
users. If you were like me then you probably discovered the help by
typing "SVN ?" and the result was the same! All the help info by just
adding a "?" (or "h") character. That is intuitive and a very useful
standard.

All the best,

- nasser

Nasser Dassi
Sr. Technical Programmer
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E: ndassi@141xm.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: Martin A. Brooks [mailto:martin@hinterlands.org]
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 5:06 AM
To: Dassi, Nasser
Cc: Max Bowsher; users@subversion.tigris.org; dev@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: reposted feature request: assume 'help' as the argument
when none is given and at least one is required

Dassi, Nasser wrote:

>If "svn" defaulted to "svn help" then the same logic would assume (as a
>user) that typing "svn up" would display the HELP for the "up" command.
>
>

You didn't read my email properly. I said:

"How about assuming that, when an svn command that takes arguments is
given none, 'help' is implied as the argument.

So 'svn' with no arguments would become 'svn help' however 'svn up'
which is happy with no arguments doesn't."

Mart.

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