From: Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> > > Christian Couder <christian.cou...@gmail.com> writes: > >> First accepting both ':' and '=' means one can see the "git >> interpret-trailers" as acting on trailers only. Not just on trailers >> from the intput message and option parameters from the command line. > > Sorry, you lost me. What does "acting on trailers only" really > mean?
It means that the command can seen as processing only trailers, (from stdin and from its arguments), sorry if I used the wrong verb. > Do you mean the command should/can be run without any command > line options, pick up the existing "Signed-off-by:" and friends in > its input and emit its output, somehow taking these existing ones as > its instruction regarding how to transform the input to its output? > >> And second there is also a practical advantage, as the user can >> copy-paste trailers directly from other messages into the command line >> to pass them as arguments to "git interpret-trailers" without the need >> to replace the ':' with '='. Even if this command is not often used >> directly by users, it might simplify scripts using it. >> >> Third there is a technical advantage which is that the code that >> parses arguments from the command line can be the same as the code >> that parses trailers from the input message. > > I do not see these two as valid arguments to make the command line > more complex to the end users I don't think that it makes the command more complex to the end users. > ---who now need to know that only this > command treats its command line in a funny way, accepting a colon in > place of an equal sign. It accepts both. So if they think that it is like a regular command, which uses '=' for (key, value) pairs, it will work, and if they think it works on trailers, which use ':' for (key, value) pairs, it will also work. > A different way to sell a colon, e.g. > > Consider the instruction sed takes on its command line. > (e.g. "sed 's/frotz/nitfol/' <xyzzy"). In the most general > form, you would always give it as the value of an '-e' option > (e.g. "sed -e 's/frotz/nitfol' <xyzzy"), but you are allowed to > be loose in limited occassions. "Key:value" is like that, and > in the most general form, it actually needs to be spelled as > "-e 'Key:value'". > > is possible, but I do not think it is a particularly good analogy, > because what you have as the alternative is "Key=value", and not > "-e 'Key:value'", or "--Key=value" (the last would probably be the > most natural way to express this). The analogy that I would use is rather that Perl lets people use 's:foo:bar:' as well as 's=foo=bar=' instead of 's/foo/bar/' if they prefer. -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html