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Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:30:30 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: getopt limitation - or bug?

On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 12:23:43PM +0100, magnum wrote:
> We've had to work around a limitation in John's getopt a couple of times and it just hit me this might actually be a bug that could/should be fixed in core:
> For example, you can have two options --format and --fork and they can be abbreviated down to --form and --fork. This is fine.
> But if you have --markov and --markov-stats (the complete former being a subset of the latter), the shorter option will "disappear". --markov will not work at all, but --markov-stats will.
> I think getopt should support this, or at least detect the problem and warn or bail.

I don't mind this being corrected.  This just did not matter in core yet.


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