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Feature Request: "Did you mean ...?" prompting for command typos such as 'consle' #11162

joshfree opened this Issue Apr 15, 2019 · 1 comment


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joshfree commented Apr 15, 2019

Moved from original issue by @jamesBrosnahan at dotnet/core#2587 :

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Operating System: Linux Ubuntu 18.04 - x64

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Typo using command outputs excessive information:
dotnet new consle -o myApp

Welcome to .NET Core!
Learn more about .NET Core:
Use 'dotnet --help' to see available commands or visit:

The .NET Core tools collect usage data in order to help us improve your experience. The data is anonymous and doesn't include command-line arguments. The data is collected by Microsoft and shared with the community. You can opt-out of telemetry by setting the DOTNET_CLI_TELEMETRY_OPTOUT environment variable to '1' or 'true' using your favorite shell.

Read more about .NET Core CLI Tools telemetry:

Successfully installed the ASP.NET Core HTTPS Development Certificate.
To trust the certificate run 'dotnet dev-certs https --trust' (Windows and macOS only). For establishing trust on other platforms refer to the platform specific documentation.
For more information on configuring HTTPS see
Getting ready...
Usage: new [options]

  -h, --help          Displays help for this command.
  -l, --list          Lists templates containing the specified name. If no name is specified, lists all templates.
  -n, --name          The name for the output being created. If no name is specified, the name of the current directory is used.
  -o, --output        Location to place the generated output.
  -i, --install       Installs a source or a template pack.
  -u, --uninstall     Uninstalls a source or a template pack.
  --nuget-source      Specifies a NuGet source to use during install.
  --type              Filters templates based on available types. Predefined values are "project", "item" or "other".
  --dry-run           Displays a summary of what would happen if the given command line were run if it would result in a template creation.
  --force             Forces content to be generated even if it would change existing files.
  -lang, --language   Filters templates based on language and specifies the language of the template to create.

No templates matched the input template name: consle.

Templates                                         Short Name         Language          Tags                                 
Console Application                               console            [C#], F#, VB      Common/Console                       
Class library                                     classlib           [C#], F#, VB      Common/Library                       
Unit Test Project                                 mstest             [C#], F#, VB      Test/MSTest                          
NUnit 3 Test Project                              nunit              [C#], F#, VB      Test/NUnit                           
NUnit 3 Test Item                                 nunit-test         [C#], F#, VB      Test/NUnit                           
xUnit Test Project                                xunit              [C#], F#, VB      Test/xUnit                           
Razor Page                                        page               [C#]              Web/ASP.NET                          
MVC ViewImports                                   viewimports        [C#]              Web/ASP.NET                          
MVC ViewStart                                     viewstart          [C#]              Web/ASP.NET                          
ASP.NET Core Empty                                web                [C#], F#          Web/Empty                            
ASP.NET Core Web App (Model-View-Controller)      mvc                [C#], F#          Web/MVC                              
ASP.NET Core Web App                              webapp             [C#]              Web/MVC/Razor Pages                  
ASP.NET Core with Angular                         angular            [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA                          
ASP.NET Core with React.js                        react              [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA                          
ASP.NET Core with React.js and Redux              reactredux         [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA                          
Razor Class Library                               razorclasslib      [C#]              Web/Razor/Library/Razor Class Library
ASP.NET Core Web API                              webapi             [C#], F#          Web/WebAPI                           
global.json file                                  globaljson                           Config                               
NuGet Config                                      nugetconfig                          Config                               
Web Config                                        webconfig                            Config                               
Solution File                                     sln                                  Solution                             

    dotnet new mvc --auth Individual
    dotnet new mstest 
    dotnet new --help

The dotnet command should do error checking prior to outputting a welcome message and then use a 'Did you mean' algorithm to determine if the template in the command is a typo or has not been installed; then prompt the user with a group of candidate templates or offer to download templates from the .NET Foundation if available.


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peterhuene commented Apr 15, 2019

@jamesBrosnahan thank you for the suggested feature!

It looks like System.CommandLine has implemented "typo correction" (see dotnet/command-line-api#377), so this would be one potential feature we could enable when we switch over to use the new API. I don't know if that's something we have on the schedule yet, though.

@peterhuene peterhuene added this to the Backlog milestone Apr 15, 2019

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