Re: [hackers] [ubase] [PATCH] install: ignore -s

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 21:00:23 +0100

On Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:25:09 +0100
Mattias Andrée <> wrote:

Hey Mattias,

> What about adding an IGNORED OPTIONS section after OPTIONS,
> where it is stated what the ignored options were intended
> to do, and perhaps a rationale for why it is ignored? This
> way users can be sure that it is safe to use a flag and
> that we will not add a behaviour to it in the future that
> they did not foresee.

it is an interesting idea, but I don't think it's worth it to add an
additional section. Having thought about it for the last few days, I
must admit that I probably would favor just documenting ignored flags
in the manpage as:

        -s Ignored.

This way we write it down as compact as possible and still allow the
user to foresee the proper behaviour. By saying we ignore it we also
explicitly state that we probably are not going to add any side-effects
in the future.



Laslo Hunhold <>
Received on Mon Jan 02 2017 - 21:00:23 CET

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