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Re: [Duplicity-talk] duplicity crash

From: Martin Pool
Subject: Re: [Duplicity-talk] duplicity crash
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 15:41:38 +1000
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On  7 Aug 2003, Ben Escoto <address@hidden> wrote:
> >>>>> "MBP" == Martin Pool <address@hidden>
> >>>>> wrote the following on Fri, 8 Aug 2003 14:36:28 +1000
>   MBP> Can I also make a request for a --help option?
> Just curious, why not read the man page?  Then there would be less
> documentation to maintain.

Of course that is what I did.  

Why did I expect a --help option to be in there at all?  Because that
is an emerging standard for friendly Linux programs.  It is handy to
have a quick summary of usage, even if it is slightly redundant.  The
goal is to just prompt somebody who knows the program of the exact
name or usage.  In addition some shells can use --help to do smart
completion of option names.

It's fairly straightforward to generate --help output from the option
table (at least with some libraries), or from a subsection of the
manpage, or whatever.

Even man(1) understands --help. :-)

If you really dislike it I won't insist.


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