Ashley Coolman <> writes:
> Would make sense, no?

Unfortunately, no.  The convention is that "--" is used to start long
options, which may have an optional value which is started with "=":


Options that start with "-" use the long-established conventions for
single-letter options:  Each letter after the "-" is interpreted in turn
as an option name.  However, if an option is one that takes a value,
then the remainder of the argument is the option's value, or if there
are no further characters in the argument, the entire next argument is
the option's value.  Thus, "-np" means the same thing as "-n -p", while
"--np" specifies a single option.

The degree to which various packages follow these rules varies, but
they're generallly observed.  The Gnu utilities follow them quite


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