[pacman-dev] hackish --ask option ?

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sat Aug 18 15:04:30 EDT 2007

On 8/16/07, Xavier <shiningxc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Another interesting post from the forum :
> http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=35901
> The documentation of the --ask option is quite funny indeed :
> --ask number
> Pre-specify answers to questions. It is doubtful whether
> this option even works, so I would not recommend using
> it.  TODO:  docu-
> ment this more, as I have no idea how it
> works or when you would use it, or if we
> should just dump it.
> I made an attempt of understanding what this option did, and then documenting
> it, but I doubt it's clear enough.
> I'm not sure what should be done here :
> 1) trying to document this option better
> 2) trying to implement this feature in a better way
> 3) just dropping it (not sure that's a good idea, since it's apparently
>   useful in some cases).
> I think that's also low priority (ie not needed for 3.1), but feel free to
> comment on this issue.

Anyone against dropping it for purposes of being KISS? I think you are
really relying on consistent pacman behavior which I can assure you
does not always happen.

Or at least drop the current implementation and let someone fix it up
to something that makes sense as proposal #2 states.


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