|Summary:||getopt_long "--arg=val" and "--arg val" are not the same for "optional_argument"|
|Component:||manual||Assignee:||Roland McGrath <roland>|
Description David 2007-06-22 19:00:36 IST
When doing long opt processing, --arg=val and --arg val are interchangeable for either no_argument or required_argument. However when using optional_argument, optarg is set only if the form --arg=val is used. If the form --arg val is used then the val is reported as an unknown argv option. Granted that it may be a vague choice in determining that val is intended for --arg vs. a value of it's own and therefore best left to the single form of --arg=val, but all documentation related to getopt() and family refers to the two forms being interchangeable. I would like to request future releases of glibc document this in their online manuals and man pages. Thank you :)
Comment 1 Ulrich Drepper 2007-06-22 19:09:58 IST
That's how it has to be. There will be no change.
Comment 2 David 2007-06-22 19:16:46 IST
It "has to be" undocumented? Perhaps you simply skimmed over this request. Is it really a policy to not document something? It would be nice if the documentation stated that the two forms are interchangeable except when using /optional_argument/ where --arg=val is the only acceptable form because --arg val is entirely ambiguous. It's a simple matter of correcting the documentation to reflect the actual implementation in glibc. Please reconsider adding this small note of distinction to the documentation.
Comment 3 Roland McGrath 2007-06-22 19:21:45 IST
Moving to manual
Comment 4 Jakub Jelinek 2007-07-02 15:38:55 IST
Can you cite where you saw the two forms are interchangeable? E.g. man getopt: A long option normally begins with `--' followed by the long option name. If the option has a required argument, it may be written directly after the long option name, separated by `=', or as the next argument (ie. separated by whitespace on the command line). If the option has an optional argument, it must be written directly after the long option name, separated by `=', if present (if you add the `=' but nothing behind it, it is interpreted as if no argument was present; this is a slight bug, see the BUGS).
Comment 5 Andreas Jaeger 2012-04-08 09:51:04 IST
No reaction to Jakub's question for several years, thus closing it. Feel free to reopen after providing the answer.