Date representation as YY/DDD or YYYY/DDD

Tim Judd tajudd at
Sun Jun 7 04:32:43 UTC 2009

On 6/6/09, Chris Rees <utisoft at> wrote:
> 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....
> Chris

and digits add another 10.

We're up to 62 single-character options.  I'm sure punctuation will be next.

dig @

OK, so now where does that leave us?

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