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Re: extension of mkisofs for incremental backups

Joerg Schilling wrote:

From: Rob Bogus <rob23@tmr.com>

The alternative would be to group them by function, such as putting things which affect the device (dev=, speed=, burnfree, etc) in one group, things which affect format (-D -R -N, etc) in another, things which affect how the content is scanned (-f, etc), information visibility (various -hide and -hidden options), and rename options (-graft-points, etc).

Functional grouping makes it faster to find things if you are looking for "a way to keep long filenames" or something like that, alphabetical is easier if you know the option and want to check what it does.

Functional grouping makes it harder for the people who need the manual
because the know little about the program.

That's silly! If I know I want to set the speed, or enable burnfree, if I don't know the name of the option I need to read every one, where if if the options affecting writing are in one place I find it quickly.

Likewise if I want to find out about the drive, having -atip, -prcap, and -msinfo all in one place would make sense to anyone, again better than reading every entry!

E. Robert Bogusta
 It seemed like a good idea at the time

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