[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Sort short options before long options in --help

Xavier Chantry chantry.xavier at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 11:43:29 EDT 2010

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 3:44 PM, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is the assert stuff you added to be safer? We don't want to use this.
> One, they are compiled into nothing if NDEBUG is defined, and two, it
> is a bit silly to abort on this condition. cmp(NULL, NULL) ==0, and
> then just decide whether to sort NULL first or last.

It was not supposed to be safer, just to explicitly state that this
case should not happen.
If gettext returns NULL, our --help output is going to look awesome :
It's not perfectly clear to me that an assert is worse. In the
unlikely case that this could be triggered, at least an assert would
fail gracefully telling us where it failed and possibly giving a core
dump that would tell us more about what happened.

Anyway we could debate over and over about assert usage. Maybe it's
more interesting for an expensive check in a hot-path that you do not
want to keep in a release build, but you want to make sure that the
assert is indeed not triggered while developing / testing.

I updated the patch with an explicit check (I actually already did
this before choosing to use assert) :

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