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

From: Michael Siegel
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] Suggestion: replace -$ with -S
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:47:17 +0000
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On 2019-07-01 17:47, Benno Schulenberg wrote:
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".)

Ok, noted.

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

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.

Fair point. Only why would you still want to keep `-$' after `-S' has taken
its place as the short option for `--softwrap'?


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