--help output too long?

Dave Dykstra dwd at bell-labs.com
Tue Dec 4 06:00:00 EST 2001

On Mon, Dec 03, 2001 at 12:15:41AM +1100, Martin Pool wrote:
> Subject: Re: --no-detach option?
> I'm starting to think we need to not show all the options in the
> default --help output.  I think perhaps the default should be to show
> the commonly-used options (-avz, --include, : vs ::) and then have
> --help-options and so on for more details.  It is getting quite
> ridiculous.  There's one or two packages that do this, but I can't
> remember which ones right at the moment.

I think the current way is OK.  Other commands have long lists too, for
example gpg and wget.  They do both put them in labeled groups, however.
That's a possibility, although I can't think of any nice logical grouping
off the top of my head.

- Dave Dykstra

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