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Re: cat: invalid option -- h

From: J. Grant
Subject: Re: cat: invalid option -- h
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 22:19:20 +0000
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for the reply. I think -h is almost exclusivly used for help normally.

I noticed that some UNIX machines output cat --help on stderr, I think the current approach of printing on stdout is more useful. Is this a common GNU style to use stdout instead of stderr?



Jim Meyering wrote:
Can cat -h be added as an alias of --help please?

You can use `--h' as an abbreviation for --help.

We try hard to avoid adding short-named options,
since they may conflict with options already used in other
implementations or in future standards.

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