Ashley Coolman <writetof...@gmail.com> 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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