[Aptitude-devel] Bug#568302: prompt [Y/n/q/1/2/3/4/5/6...] if necessary

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 19:34:48 UTC 2016

Control: tags -1 + wontfix
Control: close -1

2010-02-04 16:33 jidanni at jidanni.org:
>DB>   The one thing that might make sense would be to add an ellipsis,
>DB>   [Y/n/q/?/...]
>DB> assuming that users would actually read that as "there are more
>DB> options, press '?' to view them" and not "enter three periods to do
>DB> something."

I kind of like "[Y/n/q/.../?]", but searching across all of the Debian
source packages, doesn't seem to be a common pattern to have:


  (only looked to the first few pages)

Nothing matches "y/n/..." in real code:


"y/n.*/\?" is not very popular either:


I don't recall seeing examples of this in other tools, either.

So in the absence of evidence that this is a good thing to add, no
seconds or more opinions for many years, I think that it's better to
stay as we are.

Closing the bug after many years gathering dust.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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