[IPython-dev] Unifying command-line conventions for 0.11+: single-dash OK?
Fri Jan 8 18:09:39 CST 2010
On 2010-01-08 17:42 PM, Fernando Perez wrote:
> Hi folks,
> we currently have in our scripts a mix of -option and --option, and
> we're thinking of unifying things as we move forward. Now that we're
> using argparse everywhere, it's very easy to choose what we like, and
> my take on this is that the extra - at the beginning is just
> unnecessary typing. For old code that used getopt it was necessary,
> because getopt interprets -xyz as -x -y -z, but we don't have that
I prefer the -o/--option standard, but mostly because it *is* standard. I
implicitly associate -option with old/unprofessional software that hacked up its
own argument parsing because it could.
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
an underlying truth."
-- Umberto Eco
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