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Ilya Zakharevich
April 4, 2003 13:32
Re: [PATCH 5.8.1 @19053] Getopt::Std
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On Fri, Apr 04, 2003 at 12:15:33PM +0200, Johan Vromans wrote:
> > The only purpose of $EXIT_ON_HELP_VERSION is the backward
> > compatibility, so one cannot make an arbitrary script exit early by
> > providing --help option.
> I see. I withdraw this part of the comments.
> But there's a backward compatibility problem anyway: current scripts
> treat --help and --version as illegal options that now suddenly become
> valid with the new versions of Getopt::Std and Getopt::Long.

Well, there is backward compatibility and backward compatibility.
AFAIU, there may be no adverse effect of printing a *different*
message than one emited before.  Hmm, to be extra sure, the
help/version message should be printed on STDERR - unless the script
shows some signs it knows about --help and --version, when the message
can be savely printed on STDOUT.

> > But this is a users responsibility.  If the user chooses
> > --getopt-ui=Tree, then we may assume they know something about
> > Getopt::Tree.
> I don't think average users will use this.

Even if this is a part of some general framework configuration?  E.g.,
suppose GNOME configuration would set PERL_GETOPT_MODULE to an
appropriate value?


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