Issue 124945 - Need to accept doubledash --options for future compat. with Libre Office
Summary: Need to accept doubledash --options for future compat. with Libre Office
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: 4.1.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Minor (vote)
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Reported: 2014-05-21 01:16 UTC by Jim Avera
Modified: 2014-05-21 19:53 UTC (History)
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Description Jim Avera 2014-05-21 01:16:57 UTC
This is a request to make Open Office accept both the legacy single-dash command line options and equivalent double-dash options.  For example, accept either -calc or --calc.

Recent Libre Office releases accept both styles, and LO relase 4.3 will emit deprecation warnings when single-dash options are used. This will likely force scripts which invoke LO to change to using the double-dash form (if they don't already), rendering them incompatible with OO.

For example, unoconv.
Comment 1 jsc 2014-05-21 12:37:54 UTC
I see of course no high prio for this. Whatever LO is doing is mostly independent of what we are doing. The other way around it is not so easy because LO consumes most of our fixes and features asap and don't contribute back upstream. Don't expect too much provision for what LO is doing as long as they don't collaborate in the sense of open source development which means contribute bugfixes back upstream.
Comment 2 Jim Avera 2014-05-21 19:19:57 UTC
This request is to not cause trouble for agnostic third parties who want to write scripts which will work with OO as well as LO.   Since LO is the mainstream now (like or not), scripts will conform to LO if they must make a choice.


(Who personally has switched from LO to OO because of better stability)
Comment 3 Ariel Constenla-Haile 2014-05-21 19:53:51 UTC
(In reply to Jim Avera from comment #2)
> Since LO is the mainstream now (like or not)

This kind of comments are off-topic on a bugzilla report, where things should be discussed on technical grounds.

Nevertheless, "mainstream"...
Strangely I cannot find LO download stats anywhere.
And talking about "upstream",
the direction clearly flows from OpenOffice down to LO

Back to the technical side of things, compatibility is here an invalid argument; for example, go-oo for years the --convert switch, inherited to LO, which isn't present in OpenOffice, making them already incompatible before the double-dash change.