[tex-k] - vs. -- for options

A. Komornicki komornic at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 6 05:18:14 CET 2004

Sorry guys, just brain failure on my part. 
I know about the gopt_long options, but simply 

At 03:20 PM 1/5/04, Karl Berry wrote:
>    Is there a historical reason why both are used ? 
>Yes.  -- is "traditional" for long options (a GNU invention quite a few
>years ago).  When I implemented them for TeX, also quite a few years
>ago, I just used getopt_long_only so that either - or -- could be used,
>seeing no harm in it.  I saw no point in inventing single option

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