[Nagiosplug-devel] Re: OF nagios plugins

Andreas Ericsson ae at op5.se
Thu Jun 9 10:18:07 CEST 2005

Paul L. Allen wrote:
> Andreas Ericsson writes:
>> Paul L. Allen wrote:
>>> In which case -W should be added to the list of reserved options in the
>>> Plugin Developer Guidelines.
>> Why? I would have thought it fairly obvious that plugins should adhere 
>> to ANSI, POSIX, SUS and UNIX *prior* to whatever the guidelines says.
> Not everyone knows all of those things in as much detail as you do.  I'd
> expect most people here were surprised to learn of POSIX's -W.
> Even if the number of people who already knew of -W is a lot higher than I
> thought, one day somebody who doesn't know of -W's POSIX usage will write
> a plugin that follows everything in the guidelines but happens to use -W
> because it's not mentioned as reserved.  The plugin will be submitted,
> then you'll point out that -W is reserved for POSIX, then a patch may
> eventually be submitted, then the developers will say the patch has been
> committed, then somebody will ask what's wrong with -W and if it is
> reserved by POSIX why don't the guidelines mention it, then you'll say
> it's obvious, then...  It may be redundant information to the few people
> who have read every line of source code in Linux but it cuts down on
> potential list traffic if the guidelines mention it.
> In the end it's up to the core developers to decide whether or not -W
> and any others like it, should be mentioned.

True. I'll see what I can do to get it in there.

Andreas Ericsson                   andreas.ericsson at op5.se
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