Date representation as YY/DDD or YYYY/DDD

Chris Rees utisoft at
Sat Jun 6 16:11:20 UTC 2009

2009/6/6 Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at>:
>>> what some single-letter option meant.  I pretty much never use them on
>>> the command line, though.
>> Agreed, the long options *as an alternative* can be descriptive in
>> scripts,
>> tutorials, howto's etc.
>> The other reason often mentioned, there being not enough letters in the
>> alphabet to cover all possible options, in my opinion advocates bloated
>> software (one program can do it all), which goes against the Unix paradigm
>> of making small programs that do one task exceptionally well and just
>> chaining these together.
> you exaggerate a bit.
> for example rsync does have >26 options but most make sense for program that
> is dedicated to one task, and it isn't against Unix paradigm.
> But it have one letter shortcuts for mostly used parameters

Can I be picky and point out it's actually 52 short options?

[chris at amnesiac]~% ls -f
quantumdot              mail                    cromwell_1024.bin.gz
public_html             bnreg                     cromwell.bin.gz
why.c                   teamspeak
[chris at amnesiac]~% ls -F         cromwell.bin.gz         quantumdot/            cromwell_1024.bin.gz    teamspeak/
bnreg/                  mail/                   why.c    public_html/
[chris at amnesiac]~%

for just one example....


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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