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Re: autoreconf: -V is not an alias for --verbose

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: Re: autoreconf: -V is not an alias for --verbose
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:47:34 +0200
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Hello Křištof.

On Wednesday 27 July 2011, Křištof Želechovski wrote:
> { autoreconf -V; }
> autoreconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.68
> Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> License GPLv3+/Autoconf: GNU GPL version 3 or later
> <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>, <http://gnu.org/licenses/exceptions.html>
> This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
> There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
> Written by David J. MacKenzie and Akim Demaille.
> { autoreconf --verbose; }
> autoreconf: `configure.ac' or `configure.in' is required
I don't think this is a bug; in fact, I'd expect `-v' (lowercase!) to be an
alias for `--verbose' (as is the case with many GNU coreutils, and also with
third-party tools, such as ssh and python).  `-V' should be either rejected
(as is the case with automake and aclocal) or an alias for `--version' (as
is the case with autoconf, autom4te, autoheader and autoreconf).  Also, the
autoreconf help screen correctly documents that `-V' (uppercase) is an alias
for `--version', and `-v' (lowercase) is an alias for `--verbose'.


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