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Re: [PATCH] fix gprof's option parsing

On Oct 16, 2006, at 7:32 PM, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
OK.  Could you fix the manual, too?  I believe it says that the
arguments to -n and -N are optional.

Sure. I hadn't thought to check that, but you are right. I've included a patch below. I'm inclined to leave the man page SYNOPSIS as it is:

gprof [ -[abcDhilLrsTvwxyz] ] [ -[ACeEfFJnNOpPqQZ][@var{name}] ]

It seems to imply that the argument for -n/-N is optional, but this syntax is already oversimplified. (If you treat it literally as a regular expression, you could have "-name" with no option letter at all, and you could only have one of these options.) What do you think? An alternative would be to put:

[ -n@var{name} ] [ -N@var{name} ]

on a separate line -- that would be more accurate but makes the synopsis longer and less readable (I think).

2006-10-16 Bob Wilson <>

* gprof.texi (Analysis Options): Argument for -n/-N is mandatory.

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