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Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:40:35 +0100
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Add --list=hidden-options hint to usage output

On 17 Jan, 2013, at 23:11 , Frank Dittrich <> wrote:
> On 01/17/2013 11:03 PM, magnum wrote:
>> On 17 Jan, 2013, at 22:59 , Frank Dittrich <> wrote:
>>> Now that the number of hidden options is similar to the number of
>>> "regular" options, what about the attached patch?
>>> Basically, it adds "see --list=hidden-options for even more john
>>> options" to the usage output and makes sure this is the last line of
>>> usage output even for GPU builds.
>> It's a perfectly sane idea, but we were struggling to shorten the main list. What do others think? Personally I think a luser who doesn't find the hidden options anyway, will probably be better off without them ;-)
> I made suggestions to further reduce the main usage output, but you
> didn't like them.
> (May be it is easier to reduce the list when --list=hidden-options is
> mentioned on the main screen.)
> IMHO, these are candidates for --list=hidden-options:
> --pipe
> --loopback[=FILE]
> --dupe-suppression
> --pot=NAME

IMHO all of those should be in the main output, but I am open for group pressure :-)


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