svn commit: r194789 - head/usr.bin/usbhidctl

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Tue Jun 30 15:04:36 UTC 2009

Bruce Evans <brde at> writes:
> Actually, it is OK to use it in FreeBSD iff the system supports the
> same program having different names, like reboot/halt/etc.

I don't see the point - you would still need different usage messages
for each version.  Using your example:

% reboot -h
reboot: illegal option -- h
usage: reboot [-dlnpq] [-k kernel]
% halt -h
halt: illegal option -- h
usage: halt [-lnpq] [-k kernel]

The code that implements this is needlessly complicated:

static void
        (void)fprintf(stderr, "usage: %s [-%slnpq] [-k kernel]\n",
            getprogname(), dohalt ? "" : "d");

The following is far more readable:

static void

	(void)fprintf(stderr, dohalt ?
	    "usage: halt [-lnpq] [-k kernel]\n" :
	    "usage: reboot [-dlnpq] [-k kernel]\n");

BTW, there are numerous style issues in sbin/reboot/reboot.c.

> This was discussed in FreeBSD mailing lists years ago, and IIRC no one
> disagreed with the existing practice of hard-coding the program name.

ISTR it was one of my commits that triggered the discussion.  It must
have been ten years ago, or close to it.  Blink of an eye ;)

I just realized that we have at least one committer who wasn't born when
the FreeBSD project was founded...

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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