Bug 20114 - paramaters for ln in --help mode are misleading
paramaters for ln in --help mode are misleading
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils (Show other bugs)
7.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2000-10-31 13:12 EST by Dan Egli
Modified: 2007-03-26 23:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-31 13:12:07 EST
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Description Dan Egli 2000-10-31 13:12:05 EST
the help for ln reads:
Usage: ln [OPTION]... TARGET [LINK_NAME]
  or:  ln [OPTION]... TARGET... DIRECTORY
  or:  ln [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY TARGET...

but if someone only reads that much, they can easily get the paramaters 
backwards when creating links. Especially symlinks. To one like me, the 
above indicates that you would type this to link dir1 to link1 (link1 is a 
symlink): ln -s link1 dir1.

Recomendation: replace DIRECTORY with TARGET_DIRECTORY or something to 
help prevent confusion in the future.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-11-01 13:48:53 EST
Please discuss this change with bug-fileutils@gnu.org rather than Red Hat - we don't want to change the --help texts in packaging (it would probably lead to odd bug reports sent to the maintainers).

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