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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Command Line Interface
Date Tue, 21 May 2002 21:10:47 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Keyes" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2002 1:13 PM
Subject: Command Line Interface

> I have just read a document[1] that details the recommended approach
> to writing Java command lines.  I know that it is unlikely that ant will
> change its command line interface but I was wondering what the general
> approach to *recommended* standards are.  I know that just because
> something is recommended it is not necessarily correct so please don't
> get zealous about who has recommended this :-)
> Cheers,
> -John K
> [1]

the trouble with the posix standard is that it works only if all attributes
are one letter long. go to two letters and the whole -abcd coalescing game
falls flat on its face.

So we choose to follow the other path, that of verbose parameters,
although -f is there for makefile consistency

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