[TUHS] Systematic approach to command-line interfaces

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sun Aug 1 03:41:55 AEST 2021

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 12:41 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

The biggest argument (which was reasonable) was Unix command, sometimes
> used 'keys' (like tp/tar and the like) and others used switches (cp, ed).

That's modest (especially now that tar accepts "-" before the key) compared
to remembering when to use -F, when to use -d, and when to use -t to
specify the field separator, and when you are stuck without a field
separator option; also what the default is with no option (I'd prefer
"arbitrary amount whitespace" in all cases, but that's often not available
at all).  These inconsistencies still piss me off no end.
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