[GRASS-dev] Re: [GRASS-SVN] r49205 - in grass/trunk:lib/python raster/r.info

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Mon Nov 14 10:46:23 EST 2011

I remember we had a long discussion in the dev group along the same lines years back. The result was to decide that -g should not print anything by itself, but should be a shell-script-style modifier for other flags that print information. For g.region, the main test case, the proper syntax for printing all relevant information should be g.region -gp (-g modifies the print flag -p)

However, for backwards compatibility, the stand-alone shortcut of g.region -g (= -gp) would be maintained through GRASS 6. In GRASS 7, this new syntax was supposed to be enforced (-g does nothing by itself). This way, we would not have these continuing discussions of what -g is supposed to print. This has not happened and so we are still having these discussions.

C. Michael Barton
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On Nov 15, 2011, at 10:00 AM, <grass-dev-request at lists.osgeo.org> wrote:

> Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:02:57 -0800 (PST)
> From: Hamish <hamish_b at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [GRASS-dev] Re: [GRASS-SVN] r49205 - in grass/trunk:
>        lib/python      raster/r.info
> To: Martin Landa <landa.martin at gmail.com>
> Cc: GRASS developers list <grass-dev at lists.osgeo.org>
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> hamish:
>>> undo r49166: units, vdatum, and title can not be
>>> eval'd so needed to be split out. on doing that it was
>>> apparent that -g needs to act the same as g.region and
>>> v.info modules -- basic region info only. -s is debatable to
>>> belong to -g or not, but -gs is very easy if needed.
> Martin  wrote:
>> I highly *disagree* with this revert!
>> Merging very specific options which just prints one information
>> to generic `-g` is a good idea (from my POV).
> -g as a shell style debug dump of all internal variables does
> not provide a clean interface for command line users to work with.
> 'r.info -r mapname' is a beautiful thing when working from the
> command line. really, it is. simple, to the point, just what
> you want.
> r.info, v.info, and g.region shell style output is probably
> the most common of all modules used by users for scripting,
> and must remain clear and to the point.
>> Please don't revert the commits which are just against your
>> *personal* taste!
> reverting the units= vdatum= and title= *had* to be done, as
> explained in an email of a few days ago. commit log message
> explains the rest- not leaving it in a half and half mess of
> concepts (I did try that first, but in testing the mess was
> obvious). -g remains primarily for use with map bounds in
> those modules, as it always has been, and that is not a bad
> thing.
> this does not make python scripting any more complicated,
> it is just a matter of getting what you ask for instead of
> the kitchen sink, and not messing with what wasn't broken.
> I considered adding quotes (see r.timestamp) for free-form text
> but do not think that quoting for bourne shell will be the right
> solution for all cases, and it is better to just output verbatim
> and let the user split on the first '=' in whatever language they
> are using.
> best,
> Hamish

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