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Re: Friendly help for psql

From: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Friendly help for psql
Date: 2008-01-20 22:18:05
Message-ID: 20080120221805.GA24325@alvh.no-ip.org (view raw or flat)
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Greg Sabino Mullane wrote:

> Alvaro suggests:
> 
> > To avoid the usage of unadorned "help" (which I don't think is going to
> > ever cause conflicts with a SQL command but perhaps it's better to be
> > prepared), one idea would be to respond with "please execute \help
> > instead", and then \help would emit the verbose output.
> 
> Ugh. Why make people do two steps?

That was a side thought anyway, just to avoid the argument of "what will
we do when SQL decrees that HELP is a keyword to do something else".
Does anyone know if Oracle or DB2's command line tools have "help"
commands?

-- 
Alvaro Herrera                                http://www.CommandPrompt.com/
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