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Re: perl -V: list build options one per line?

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March 25, 2016 15:45
Re: perl -V: list build options one per line?
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Dave Mitchell wrote:
>     that makes the blead perl -V on my system expand from 52 lines to 102
>lines.  Is that really so terrible?

No.  The -V output is already much too large to take in at a glance,
so there's no real gain from packing.  Better to organise the output
for clarity, so +1 from me to displaying the options one per line.

>                     I'd accept the suggestion of perl -VV  to trigger
>one-per-line output, but it seems like overkill.

Agreed, especially since the person who'd be making the choice of flags
is often not the person who'll be interpreting the output.  In practice
we need consensus on a single set of output that will be what we ask
users to submit for expert examination, and for historical continuity
and compatibility we should make -V produce that output.


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