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fish parser should not be special-casing `-h` and `--help` (`echo -h` is broken) #4120

krader1961 opened this issue Jun 14, 2017 · 1 comment


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@krader1961 krader1961 commented Jun 14, 2017

I've been refactoring the src/builtin.cpp module by hoisting the implementation of each builtin command into its own module. For example, moving builtin_echo() to src/builtin_echo.cpp. This reminded me that the fish parser special-cases -h and --help if they are the only arguments to a command. This is dangerous and in my opinion wrong. For an example of why type echo -h. The -h should be echoed since it isn't a valid flag for that command. What actually happens is you get the echo man page. It also doesn't do the right thing if the user types cmd -h -h, cmd --help -h, etc. unless the actual implementation is correctly parsing the flags and those flags are valid for the command.

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@zanchey zanchey commented Jun 16, 2017

I thought we'd explored echo -h in the past, but I can't find an issue. Compliance with other echo implementations is sensible here, so this makes sense to me.

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