Bug 208518 - cal highlight has no commandline option
cal highlight has no commandline option
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2006-09-28 23:04 EDT by JW
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-09-18 04:06:36 EDT
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Description JW 2006-09-28 23:04:20 EDT
Description of problem:
There is no way to control 'cal' highlight of current date from command-line. It
is possible but requires reading of source code to figure out a way. 

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. cal
2. cal --help
3. TERM= cal
Actual results:
1. current date highlighted
2. no option to control highlight
3. no highligh, but had to check source code first

Expected results:
Normally options to control program behavior are done from command-line.

Additional info:
Fortunately cal has plenty of options available. Perhaps it would be better to
default to non-highlight anbd allow user to opt for highlight through option
"-v" (with an alias).  But also, it might be useful to generalize to
highlighting specific day(s) and not just today, with "-v YYYY/MM/DD" or "-v today".

I have already patched for above change, but will not attach it because normal
RedHat behavior is to reject everything I submit.
Comment 1 Karel Zak 2006-10-05 10:05:34 EDT
This is good idea, but we're very conservative with new command line options to
basic system utils. We prefer add these changes to upstream code rather than
create a distribution specific option.
Comment 2 Karel Zak 2007-04-06 06:28:49 EDT
Please, send the patch (to me or to upstream mailing list:
util-linux-ng(at)vger.kernel.org or add it to BZ as attachment). Thanks.
Comment 3 Karel Zak 2007-09-18 04:06:36 EDT
Well, this feature will be added to version util-linux-ng-2.14.

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