[Mono-dev] Cross-platform command-lines

Miguel de Icaza miguel at novell.com
Fri Aug 3 09:56:11 EDT 2007

> I haven't but I'll take a look. Do you use the double-dash
> convention as well? I wonder if that's something windows
> users can get accustomed to?

It seems that the majority of the flags on Windows take the form /word
but they tend to accept -word.

In Unix historically options after a single dash are single letters, and
they are cumulative.   For instance "ls -lt" does not mean the option
"lt", it means "l" and "t".   For word options, people adopted a --word

In Mono, when we had to be compatible with a command on Windows we kept
the /word, -word convention as opposed to the Unix convention (less work
on changing Makefiles or existing scripts).   In a few cases we still
recognize the Unix options.

You will have to adopt a naming scheme (-word or -letters) and go with


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