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Re: [Nano-devel] Suggestion: replace -$ with -S

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] Suggestion: replace -$ with -S
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 19:47:37 +0200
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Op 29-06-19 om 15:14 schreef Michael Siegel:
> I've just had a look through the manual page of Nano 4.2 because I had
> forgotten which option switches on soft-wrapping of long lines.

(As an aside: if I would have forgotten a short option, I would either
use an abbreviation of the long option (in this case: --soft), or I
would run 'nano --help | grep word', where "word" in this case would
be "soft".)

> Well, it's `-$', which is really not a good choice. The manual page even
> explains why. It also breaks POSIX-compatibility.
> So, I went to look for an alternative and found that, apparently, `-$'
> could just be replaced by `-S' because `-S' is an “obsolete and ignored
> option” now that “smooth scrolling has become the default”.
> I therefore suggest to drop `-$' and instead use `-S' for activating
> soft-wrapping.

Well, dropping -$ doesn't sound like a good idea, but making -S the true
short option for --softwrap, yes, that is the plan.  But it is a bit soon
to make that change.  -S and --smooth are being ignored only since three
months.  Let's let a year pass and then make -S mean --softwrap.


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