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Re: [PATCH] Making use of argp in GRUB utilities

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Making use of argp in GRUB utilities
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 12:58:20 +0100
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On Thursday 25 January 2007 12:25, Lubomir Kundrak wrote:
> I've noticed, that GRUB 2 uses argp in grub-emu [1], whereas other
> utilities use getopt_long [2]. Wouldn't it be nice to make this
> consistent?


> I find the "GNU way," argp, approach more elegant, as demonstrated by a
> patch to util/i386/pc/grub-mkimage.c. Seeing a patch with more minuses
> than pluses is a good sign, indeed.
> The main argument against agrp framework could be, that non-GNU C
> libraries do not contain with it. There's a standalone libargp package
> [3] that is available for package systems of all major operating
> systems, including NetBSD and FreeBSD, so the only disadvantage is
> addding a dependency there.

I preferred that libargp would be included in our source tree so that it would 
be used when argp is not found in a system, but I guess Marco hasn't done it 
yet. This depends on which is more convenient for users, using an external 
shared library, or using our own. In GRUB Legacy, I included getopt for *BSD, 
and I got positive answers. So I feel that it would be better to include.


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