Expanding the include/exclude options
Fri, 29 Mar 2002 11:58:01 -0800
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>>>>> "AL" == Adam Lazur <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>>>> wrote the following on Thu, 28 Mar 2002 23:36:09 -0500
AL> The above syntax is backwards from the way I would think of
AL> it. I think of things on the left as being encountered first in
AL> the list of things to exclude/include.
Ok, good point. I was thinking that when you tell someone something,
you pay attention to the last thing they said, and ignore the earlier
ones. But short-circuiting does seem more familiar in this context.
AL> So register one vote for a file format that'll allow
AL> intermingling. I don't really have an opinion on the cmdline
AL> syntax as I lean towards long lists of stuff to include/exclude
AL> for my backups.
I can see the utility of the +/- notation. But is there something to
be gained from allowing them inside include/exclude lists, and
switching the meaning? It seems it would be more intuitive to have a
separate switch that accepted a file with the +/- notation, in
addition to the normal --include-from and --exclude-from.
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