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patch #10374: options: add -? as a synonym of -h (--help)

Submitter:  mataha <mataha>
Submitted:  Thu 27 Jul 2023 12:26:22 AM UTC
Priority:  3 - Low Status:  Done
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  bens
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  None

Thu 03 Aug 2023 07:55:42 AM UTC, comment #4: 

Oh darn.  Getopt_long() should have put just something into optopt -- probably  the 'val' corresponding to the first possible match, or otherwise -1.

One could replace 'if (!optopt)' with

if (optchr == 'h' || strstr(argv[1], "-?"))

but that accepts '-?' only when it's the first option, unlike '-h'.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Group administrator
Tue 01 Aug 2023 04:26:30 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Apologies for the late reply.

comment #1:

> Thanks for the patch.  That works nicely.  Are you okay with the attached, somewhat modified version of the patch?
> (file #54990)

I would... though I've noticed an issue. Consider the following command:

    nano --ba

Because '--ba' is a valid abbreviation, getopt_long() will return '?' and set 'optopt' to 0[1], resulting in printing the help text when usage string should be shown instead (as '--ba' is ambiguous).

The worst part is I can't think of any easy way out; all my ideas involve reparsing 'argv' which is hardly elegant and prone to bugs...


mataha <mataha>
Mon 31 Jul 2023 05:46:22 AM UTC, comment #2: 

A slightly more modified patch has been pushed to master, commit e65b0ba6.  Thanks.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Group administrator
Fri 28 Jul 2023 09:22:19 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Thanks for the patch.  That works nicely.  Are you okay with the attached, somewhat modified version of the patch?

(file #54990)

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Group administrator
Thu 27 Jul 2023 12:26:22 AM UTC, original submission:  

That option was restored in 5bd92d4c (previously deleted in 43019189) and later removed in 743100fe due to getopt() returning '?' for options that were not recognized, preventing the use of '-?' as a valid option. However, getopt() provides a way to check for unrecognized options via the optopt variable, solving this problem in one if-statement away.

mataha <mataha>


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Attached Files
file #54975:  0001-options-add-as-a-synonym-of-h-help.patch added by mataha (3KiB - application/octet-stream)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2023-07-31 bens StatusIn Progress Done
    2023-07-28 bens Attached File- Added 0001-options-add-as-a-synonym-of-h-help.patch, #54990
        StatusNone In Progress
        Assigned toNone bens
    2023-07-27 mataha Attached File- Added 0001-options-add-as-a-synonym-of-h-help.patch, #54975

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