Jiang Xin wrote:

> Gettext message should not start with '-' nor '--'. Since the '-d' and
> '--dotest' options do not exist in OPTIONS_SPEC variable, it's safe to
> remove the block.

The above justification is not a sufficient reason to stop giving
helpful advice when someone uses an option that was historically

> --- a/git-am.sh
> +++ b/git-am.sh
> @@ -413,9 +413,6 @@ it will be removed. Please do not use it anymore.")
>               abort=t ;;
>       --rebasing)
>               rebasing=t threeway=t ;;
> -     -d|--dotest)
> -             die "$(gettext "-d option is no longer supported.  Do not 
> use.")"
> -             ;;

Luckily the support was removed 4 years ago and I don't think anyone
is going to run into this, so a different justification could apply.

        Support for the git am -d/--dotest option was removed four years ago
        (see e72c7406, "am: remove support for -d .dotest", 2008-03-04) and
        presumably no one is trying to use it any more.  Simplify the
        code and free the short-and-sweet "-d" option for other uses by
        no longer parsing it.

        The motivation: xgettext copes poorly with messages starting
        with '-'.  Rather than fixing this ancient message, let's take
        this as a reminder to remove it.

See http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/75896 for
context.  Though also see

Hope that helps,
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