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Subject: Re: [TUHS] Systematic approach to command-line interfaces [ meta issues ]
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2021 13:48:10 -0600	[thread overview]
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Douglas McIlroy <> wrote:

> In realizing the white paper's desire to "have the parser
> provide the results to the program", it's likely that the mechanism
> will, like Yacc, go beyond parsing and invoke semantic actions
> as it identifies tree nodes.

I have to admit that all this feels like overkill. Parsing options
is only a very small part of the real work that a program does.

Speaking for myself, I want something simple and regular that will
get the job done and let me get on with the actual business of
my software.  A grammar just for command-line argument parsing feels
like the tail wagging the dog: not nearly enough ROI, at least
for me.

I happen to like the getopt_long interface designed by the GNU
project. It's easy to learn, setup and use. Once it's in place
it's set and forget.

My two cents,


  reply	other threads:[~2021-08-01 19:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-08-01 18:17 Douglas McIlroy
2021-08-01 19:48 ` arnold [this message]
2021-08-01 21:30   ` John Cowan
2021-08-02 12:11   ` Steffen Nurpmeso
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2021-07-31 12:25 [TUHS] Systematic approach to command-line interfaces Michael Siegel
2021-07-31 19:20 ` [TUHS] Systematic approach to command-line interfaces [ meta issues ] Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 21:06   ` Richard Salz
2021-07-31 21:32     ` Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 21:37       ` Richard Salz
2021-07-31 21:55         ` Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 22:10       ` Warner Losh
2021-07-31 22:19         ` Larry McVoy
2021-07-31 22:20         ` Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 23:26           ` Warner Losh
2021-07-31 23:41             ` Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 22:04   ` Bakul Shah
2021-07-31 22:13     ` Larry McVoy
2021-07-31 22:14       ` Bakul Shah
2021-07-31 22:17         ` Bakul Shah
2021-07-31 22:16     ` Jon Steinhart
2021-07-31 22:20       ` Bakul Shah

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