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Re: ash missing 'getopts' builtin (gold star alert)

On Mon, 19 May 2003, Christopher Faylor wrote:

> On Mon, May 19, 2003 at 11:31:41AM -0700, Dario Alcocer wrote:
> >On Mon, May 19, 2003 at 06:46:28PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >> On Mon, May 19, 2003 at 08:57:41AM -0700, Dario Alcocer wrote:
> >> > In fact, I'd say that getopts is almost necessary for scripting,
> >> > because its inclusion allows scripts to be on an equal footing with
> >> > compiled programs, in that both can accept command line options. This
> >> > means I can write small programs as shell scripts instead of as a
> >> > compiled program; this is entirely consistent with traditional Unix
> >> > programming philosophy, which encourages the use of shell scripts for
> >> > small programs.
> >>
> >> There is that problem left that getopts isn't quite "plain old sh".
> >> It's a System V extension while earlier version only had getopt
> >> (which is available as external command).
> >
> >Excellent point. Upon further reflection, I see that my so-called Bourne
> >shell 'compatible' scripts aren't really. I should be using the external
> >getopt with the 'set -- `getopt`' idiom instead. I didn't realize I was
> >relying on a non-standard feature.
> >
> >Thanks for your time. I ended up learning something new about shell
> >programming.
> Wow.  Thanks for the reasonable response.  This issue has cropped up
> from time to time here and it always seems to revert to rancor.  I
> actually opened this message with some trepidation expecting some kind
> of "Well, it seems to me..." type of response.  Instead, this time we
> had a nice reasonable discussion.  Maybe that's because I didn't get
> involved until now.  :-)
> Anyway, in my usual arbitrary fashion, I think this deserves a gold star.
> I hope our intrepid gold star recorder is reading this.
> cgf

He is. ;-)
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