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Re: getopt() musings

David F wrote:
> First off, let me state the facts as I understand them:
> Ok, those are the facts as I understand them, if I am wrong about
> anything I trust that I will be corrected with expeditious and
> forthright meanness. :)

I haven't verified your facts, but they sound plausible.

> Additionally, I make the following suppositions:
> Argument permutation is desierable. Except, of course, when it breaks
> something.

I agree.

> It would be overly burdensome to explicitly enable/disable getopt()
> features on a case-by-case basis for getopt() using packages that are
> part of the Cygwin distribution.

Definitely, that wouldn't happen.

> And now for some discussion:
> I am not familiar with all the details of the evolution of
> getopt_long(), but I assume that argument permutation was present and
> enabled by default fairly early. I therefore assume that programs
> using getopt_long() are either compatible with argument permutatuin
> or have explicitly disabled it.
> So here's the idea: Leave argument permutation disabled by default for
> getopt() and enabled by default for getopt_long().
> This is a win if only because many if not most GNU programs use
> getopt_long(), especially those in the coreutils package.
> This would allow us the convenience of argument permutation for many
> programs while also maintaining standards compliance and
> compatibility. Right?

I don't know. If correct, that would be excellent.

> So it could work like this:
> getopt() would have argument permutation disabled by default and only
> enabled when POSIXLY_INCORRECT_GETOPT is defined and it is not
> explicitly disabled by the calling code.
> getopt_long() would have argument permutation enabled by default and
> disabled when POSIXLY_CORRECT is defined or it is explicitly disabled
> by the calling code.
> Does any of this make sense?
> (Note that I'm not asking anyone to implement this and I am familiar
> with the concept of "PTC". For now, I would just like to know what
> others think.)

I think it makes a lot of sense. It does require someone to put in a fair
amount of time:

1) Resolving the uncertainties you mention.
2) Finding out what permutation broke in the first place.
3) Making the necessary tweaks
4) Verifying nothing is broken.

I think its a worthwhile cause, but I don't have the time to dedicate to it
just right now.


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