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[Bug-gnu-arch] Re: [bug #5900] Use -3 as the short option for --three-wa

From: Tom Lord
Subject: [Bug-gnu-arch] Re: [bug #5900] Use -3 as the short option for --three-way, instead of -t
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 18:56:40 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: Miles Bader <address@hidden>

    > On Sun, Oct 12, 2003 at 08:29:49PM -0400, address@hidden wrote:
    > > Given that you mush all your changes into a single line instead of 
    > > me clean changesets to merge from (and that I generally just star-merge
    > > from you in batches rather than cherry picking):

    > Hey that's not fair -- my changesets are very clean.  If you want multiple
    > branches to merge from, you gotta give some hint as to how you want things
    > split up...

Chill, chill.

It's a dinky little program, really.   Sure, it'd be swell to have a
separate branch for each logical change etc..... but it'd be
affectatious overkill for this source base.   That wasn't a complaint
your responding too -- just an observation to provide context.

(Your changes are generally great.  For the most part, the biggest
complaint I have is occaisional code formatting nits -- but I've known
you too long to think they're worth pointing out :-)

    > > As a coding convention, tla does not use decimal digits as option names.
    > > Do we have to have a debate on why or will you please just withdraw this
    > > change?

    > Certainly I'll revert it.


    > Care to say why the rule though (I've never heard that particular one 

I dunno.   Well, ok -- really I don't want to be pinned down as having
just a single definitive argument.   Some vague reasons:

* -[digit]+

  is an argument syntax for passing an arbitrary integer, and that's
  potentially useful -- but not if you take over some -[digit] for an

* it's too fucked up

  Too many programs handle -[digit]* too differently.   It's a fucked
  up area of potential CLI syntax -- so I just like to avoid it
  entirely.  (e.g., the unfortunate confusion between `-' as "here's
  an option" and `-' as "negative number, coming up.")


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