Review of Chapter 4: Branching and Merging
Brian W. Fitzpatrick
fitz at red-bean.com
Sat Feb 24 15:22:02 CST 2007
On 2/24/07, Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman at red-bean.com> wrote:
> I'm confused; this chapter has had '-r' running through it for years and years.
> What exactly is our policy on options again? I keep losing track, it
> seems like it changes.
> I seem to recall that first we used a mixture of short and long forms,
> then went super-militant and decided to ban all short forms
> completely. Then later, we backed off and found a middle ground where
> we decided that we'd use long forms when talking about option names
> within paragraphs of text, but console examples could still be free to
> use short-form.
> Am I remembering incorrectly? At the moment, I see a mixture of short
> and long options within examples throughout the whole book (including
> your chapter, fitz!)
I thought our rule was "always long switches". Let's decide now once
and for all and I'll put it in HACKING (there's already a note about
using long subcommands).
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