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Re: Parsing options in the form "-C8"

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Parsing options in the form "-C8"
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 14:51:12 -0500
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On 11/16/21 2:43 PM, irenezerafa wrote:
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at 7:34 PM, Chet Ramey <> 
> wrote:
>> On 11/16/21 2:28 PM, irenezerafa via wrote:
>>> I want to parse options in the following way "-C8", with the option being 
>>> -C and the value being `8`. What can
>>> I do to implement the functionality?
>> Use `getopts'.
> I do not want to go through the getopts or getopt routes.  Primarily because 
> they are too simplistic
> for my tasks.  I am allowing both short and long options in my code, as well 
> as optional values for
> options, multiple values per option.

OK, this is a good example. I'm going to take one shot here at an
explanation of why you don't get the help you feel you should. Then I'm

First, adding requirements as people give you solutions, thereby changing
the problem space, doesn't encourage people to help you. Why should they
solve the problem as you've described it, only to have you move the
goalposts? Fully describe the problem and all of its requirements, up

Second, folks on this list like to see some evidence that you've actually
tried to solve the problem yourself. Maybe post some code you've written
that attempts to do that (but be prepared for criticism). Without posting
your code attempts, the impression is that you'd like to be spoon-fed the

Nobody on this list is being paid to be here. You're not entitled to
anything in particular.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU

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