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printf --help

From: Karl Berry
Subject: printf --help
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:44:54 -0500

The --help message for printf (coreutils 6.9) starts with this:

    Usage: /usr/local/gnu/bin/printf FORMAT [ARGUMENT]...
      or:  /usr/local/gnu/bin/printf OPTION
    Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT.

          --help     display this help and exit
          --version  output version information and exit

I'd like to suggest a tiny change, something like:

    Print ARGUMENT(s) according to FORMAT, or execute according to OPTION:

Right now, there's nothing explicitly saying that --help and --version
are the options.  I admit it's unlikely to be a point of confusion
(especially for anyone who can figure out how to invoke coreutils printf
in the first place :), but is there any harm in saying it explicitly?

Thanks for coreutils :).


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