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Re: [Man-db-devel] [PATCH 2/2] man(1): add NAME..[.[.]] names

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: [Man-db-devel] [PATCH 2/2] man(1): add NAME..[.[.]] names
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 23:05:11 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Mon, Oct 03, 2016 at 08:50:11PM +0000, Mihail Konev wrote:
> `man chmod..` is now the same as `man -f chmod`
> `man chmod...` is now the same as `man -k chmod`
> `man chmod....` is now the same as `man -K chmod`

I'm afraid I really don't like this at all, sorry.  It's much too weird
and idiosyncratic, and it means that the way the whole command line is
parsed depends on the content of a single non-option positional
argument.  Fixing that part of it would require quite a bit more code to
switch behaviour for each positional argument, and in some cases it's
not obvious how that could be done in a way that wouldn't be excessively

In any case, I don't think this pulls its weight.  At best it saves a
single character, and at worst it's actually more characters.  That
isn't worth complicating man(1)'s already-labyrinthine argument handling

So thanks for the patch, but I won't take this.

Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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