2009/6/6 Wojciech Puchar <woj...@wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl>: >>> what some single-letter option meant. I pretty much never use them on >>> the command line, though. >> >> Agreed, the long options *as an alternative* can be descriptive in >> scripts, >> tutorials, howto's etc. >> The other reason often mentioned, there being not enough letters in the >> alphabet to cover all possible options, in my opinion advocates bloated >> software (one program can do it all), which goes against the Unix paradigm >> of making small programs that do one task exceptionally well and just >> chaining these together. > > you exaggerate a bit. > > for example rsync does have >26 options but most make sense for program that > is dedicated to one task, and it isn't against Unix paradigm. > > But it have one letter shortcuts for mostly used parameters >
Can I be picky and point out it's actually 52 short options? [ch...@amnesiac]~% ls -f quantumdot mail cromwell_1024.bin.gz public_html bnreg amnesiackey.pub backup.sh.gz cromwell.bin.gz check-portupgrade.pl why.c teamspeak [ch...@amnesiac]~% ls -F amnesiackey.pub cromwell.bin.gz quantumdot/ backup.sh.gz cromwell_1024.bin.gz teamspeak/ bnreg/ mail/ why.c check-portupgrade.pl public_html/ [ch...@amnesiac]~% for just one example.... Chris -- A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? A: Top-posting. Q: What is the most annoying thing in a mailing list? _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"