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RE: Console on Sourceforge with Cygwin

On Wed, 30 Aug 2006, Dave Korn wrote:

> On 30 August 2006 16:19, mwoehlke wrote:
> > One Angry User wrote:
> >> On a drizzly Tuesday, the 29th day of August, 2006, Keith Christian's
> >> computer deigned to emit the following stream of bytes:
> >>> Could you provide one example for a user that would start with "Click
> >>> Start/Run and type the following command"
> >>
> >> Oh, no, it doesn't work like that.  Command-line options are for
> >> wimps who read manpages!  Console uses menus!  MENUS, man!  Now,
> >> there's real configurability!
> >
> > Sigh.
> >
> > Command line options are wonderful... for console programs. GUI's are
> > for writing apps such that settings can be discovered /without/ having
> > to resort to the doc. I suppose you think Firefox, Thunderbird, IE,
> > etc. need manpages, and should only be configurable via command-line
> > switches?
>   It's not as orthogonal as all that.  Sometimes a GUI program isn't
> just a GUI program.  Sometimes, even though it has a GUI, all you want
> to do is script it - at which point, you *have* to have command-line
> options.
>   So, command line options are wonderful for GUI programs *as well as*
> console programs.  After all, consider the ever-popular post that goes
> ...
>   "Hi, can anyone tell me what command-line options I can use to get
> setup.exe to do a completely unattended installation and choose a
> selection of packages?"
>   Oops, I just said it.
>   *sip*

Except that setup.exe cannot be truly unattended with that little pop-up
in the end that says, unnecessarily, "Installation complete"...


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