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From Greg Stein <gst...@lyra.org>
Subject Re: cvs commit: apr/test testargs.c
Date Sat, 25 Nov 2000 23:06:31 GMT
[ OtherBill forgot to copy the list; I'm including it here without cutting ]

On Sat, Nov 25, 2000 at 04:50:19PM -0600, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> > From: Greg Stein [mailto:gstein@lyra.org]
> > Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2000 4:40 PM
> > 
> > Speaking of testargs.c ... the "d::" part means that the argument for -d is
> > *optional*. Currently, getopt() requires an argument (read: it doesn't
> > understand double-colons).
> > 
> > Q: should it understand a double-colon?
> > 
> > [ the man page for getopt() describes the double-colon ]
> Without reading it (just yet)...
> I'd agree that getopt() could understand the required-optional-invalid cases,
> and that would be potentially quite useful.  The downside to ever using the
> d:: syntax is that the parser is easily confused between the -f opt arg
> case and the -f arg case (which could be -f opt).

Yes, this could be confusing, but "it isn't our problem". The regular
getopt() allows this behavior, so it is really a question of whether we want
APR's getopt to follow it, too.

I'm also fine with saying "sorry, we don't do that because it makes for a
confusing cmdline interface."

> I'm reminded that apr needs to address the fact that 1. filenames contain
> spaces (on some platforms >;-) and 2. that x:bleh is a legit filespec.

1. APR doesn't have any problem with spaces. argv[n] can easily be a
   filename with a space. The getopt() function does look inside the
   "argument" strings.
   $ program "file with a space"
   The quote handling is done by the shell on most Unixen. If Windows
   doesn't handle the quotes automagically, then you're going to need to
   come up with a patch :-)

2. Since we don't parse out arguments, we'll never see the ":".

> I mention these only to be sure, as we do 'more and more' getopt work, that
> we shouldn't break anything :-)
> Bill

Sure :-)


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/

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