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Stressing the importance of punctuation, especially spaces #650

VBOz opened this Issue Oct 30, 2017 · 3 comments


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VBOz commented Oct 30, 2017

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As a total novice, thinking about other total novices, it was not clear to me first off how important it was to be aware of how precise you need to be in typing commands including where a space was needed. Yes, you learn but it is such a stupid thing to have to ask, I'd have appreciated having it spelled out right up front ie there is a difference between ls-F and ls -F


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colinmorris commented Feb 1, 2018

That's a good thought. I'd definitely be open to looking at a pull request, if you have an idea of how to communicate this. Maybe a small callout box after the first use of a flag (the ls -F in episode 2)?


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gcapes commented Feb 2, 2018

Yes, it would be good to have this explicit earlier on. I certainly talk about this when teaching, but it's not actually in the material until later on (quoting variables to protect spaces in names).
This has been addressed in PR #690 (awaiting a merge). @gdevenyi


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Lyndon18 commented Mar 5, 2018

I agree with the original comment.

Back when I was doing a shell introduction course, I found the introducing the commands' basic structure (command option argument) was very helpful when introducing commands with common options. Could be useful to add a callout box for this too.

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