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Re: directory addition

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: directory addition
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:49:08 -0400 (EDT)

Laird J. Nelson writes:
> Oh, come on.  Normally I'm all for succinctness, but this is downright
> silly as an answer to the original question.  If your objection is the
> length of the message, how about:
>   -d  Include empty directories in update.
> ...which is shorter than the original entry by two characters (and about
> 2000% more meaningful):
>   -d  Build directories, like checkout does.

My objection is to trying to turn the usage messages into tutorials for
people who are too lazy to read the manual.  As for your suggestion,
what do "empty directories" have to do with anything?  If I were going
to change the message, it would be to something more like:

  -d  Get new directories, too.

-Larry Jones

I keep forgetting that rules are only for little nice people. -- Calvin

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