Thursday, March 11, 2010

User-hostile software

How much more unhelpful could this be?
d:\temp>gzip -?
Try `gzip --help' for more information.


  1. You are mixing operating systems.

    Microsoft introduced "\" as a path separator, "/" as an option introducer und "/?" as common help option.

    In other operating systems "/" is the path separator, "-" introduces short options, "--" is for long options, and "?" is a wildcard that is expanded by the shell to all 1-char filenames in the current directory

  2. Surely the cygwin developers could throw the poor Windows users a bone though.