Answered: a GNU/Linux command options syntax question


My answer to another Quora.com question, this time about GNU/Linux command-line options syntax: “Is a negative sign ‘-‘ used within Linux commands to enable or disable options?”

Here’s my answer… Not just a “yes/no”, it offers perspective about how to think about command options generally, some syntax and usage rules, a bit of historical background (with references), and some examples and contrasts.

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