[Libreoffice] [PATCH] Cleaning and organizing of configure.in

Norbert Thiebaud nthiebaud at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 15:46:35 PDT 2010

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 5:37 PM, Kevin Hunter <hunteke at earlham.edu> wrote:
> At 6:18pm -0400 Tue, 26 Oct 2010, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
>> I personally disagree that an alphabetically sortet list is best.
>> e.g. now the font inclusion options wrt dejavu and liberation fonts
>> are spread apart, build tool options are interspread the
>> feature/code switches, extension-switches are mixed with core ones,
>> etc.
>> I personally don't like that part of the patch.
> And butting in to the conversation, may I offer a middle of the road
> suggestion?  I find alphabetizing very helpful, both as an end user and as a
> developer.  However, you do make an excellent point that related options
> need to still be together.  Solution: argument groups.
> I don't actually know this environment, but if I may point you to Python's
> Argument Parsing module for a moment, I claim that it has an intuitive API
> for just this purpose:
> http://docs.python.org/library/argparse.html
> Take note as well of argument groups (Section

fwiw: I like functional grouping too.
pure alphabetical is useful when you know the name of the option you
are looking for. most of the time, I find myself fishing for something
that may be related for the issue I have... without knowing the name
of the option in advance....


> A thought,
> Kevin
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