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From: Heba Waly <heba.waly@gmail.com>
To: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Cc: Heba Waly via GitGitGadget <gitgitgadget@gmail.com>,
	Git Mailing List <git@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 15/20] parse-options: move doc to parse-options.h
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:38:40 +1300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CACg5j27=t_tC4AqNz6tSdsgbDKECq1p+OwS=ydak7d94q2PHZg@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqh83bi10h.fsf@gitster-ct.c.googlers.com>

On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com> wrote:
>
> "Heba Waly via GitGitGadget" <gitgitgadget@gmail.com> writes:
>
> > + * Steps to parse options
> > + * ----------------------
> > + *
> > + * - `#include "parse-options.h"`
> > + *
> > + * - define a NULL-terminated
> > + *   `static const char * const builtin_foo_usage[]` array
> > + *   containing alternative usage strings
> > + *
> > + * - define `builtin_foo_options` array as described below
> > + *   in section 'Data Structure'.
> > + *
> > + * - in `cmd_foo(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)`
> > + *   call
> > + *
> > + *   argc = parse_options(argc, argv, prefix, builtin_foo_options, builtin_foo_usage, flags);
> > + *
> > + * `parse_options()` will filter out the processed options of `argv[]` and leave the
> > + * non-option arguments in `argv[]`.
> > + * `argc` is updated appropriately because of the assignment.
> > + *
> > + * You can also pass NULL instead of a usage array as the fifth parameter of
> > + * parse_options(), to avoid displaying a help screen with usage info and
> > + * option list. This should only be done if necessary, e.g. to implement
> > + * a limited parser for only a subset of the options that needs to be run
> > + * before the full parser, which in turn shows the full help message.
>
> After just looking at Documentation/technical/api-parse-options.txt
> for real reasons (i.e. not for the purpose of reviewing this patch,
> but to review a patch that uses parse-options API), I must say that
> applying this change would have made the documentation quite less
> useful, at least for my purpose.
>
> My reading began by "git grep PARSE_OPT_STOP_AT_NON_OPTION" to find
> the page that this patch proposes to remove, and in that document,
> the list of flags the PARSE_OPT_STOP_AT_NON_OPTION belongs to comes
> immediately after the above message, so it was much easier to see
> where in the overall API usage the option comes into picture.
>
> With the description moved close to enum{}, I know there would be
> less risk of adding a new member without documenting it, but that is
> for convenience by the developers of the parse-options API, and not
> necessarily makes it convenient to learn and use the API.  I would
> have been forced to jump around to hunt for the necessary pieces of
> info sprinkled in the header file to form the overall picture, that
> a simple flat-file text document would have much easily given me.
>
> So, I dunno.

Hi Junio,

I can see your point, let me share my perspective as I've thought
about that several times while moving the docs. As a new contributor
to the code base, when I come across a function or a data structure
that I want to understand what it does, I'd first try to find it in
the .h or .c files, looking for its documentation, unless I find a
link there to a file named
Documentation/technical/api-parse-options.txt I won't know about its
existence and I'll feel frustrated to find no documentation in the
code.

On the other hand some doc files had too many details for a header
file (or that's what I thought) like for example
Documentation/technical/api-trace2.txt. So the approach I took there
which is pending on review/discussions was to remove the functions
documentation from the text file to the .h file and leave the rest of
the details as is in the text file. (you can refer to this patch here
(https://public-inbox.org/git/a337f88a55ddaafd5754492ae0399137966738a8.1573507684.git.gitgitgadget@gmail.com/)).

So my proposal for this matter is to investigate the possibility of
using a doc generators that'd extract the documentations from the code
to a single doc file per library.

Thanks,
Heba

  reply	other threads:[~2019-11-11 21:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 123+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-10-29 10:00 [PATCH 00/10] [Outreachy] Move doc to header files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 01/10] diff: move doc to diff.h and diffcore.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 02/10] dir: move doc to dir.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 03/10] graph: move doc to graph.h and graph.c Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 04/10] merge: move doc to ll-merge.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-30 22:09   ` Elijah Newren
2019-10-31 19:35     ` Heba Waly
2019-11-02  4:28     ` Junio C Hamano
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 05/10] sha1-array: move doc to sha1-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 06/10] remote: move doc to remote.h and refspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 07/10] refs: move doc to refs.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 08/10] attr: move doc to attr.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 09/10] revision: move doc to revision.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-10-29 23:57   ` Emily Shaffer
2019-10-29 10:00 ` [PATCH 10/10] pathspec: move doc to pathspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59 ` [PATCH v2 00/20] [Outreachy] Move doc to header files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 01/20] diff: move doc to diff.h and diffcore.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 02/20] dir: move doc to dir.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-07  1:16     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-11  0:20       ` Heba Waly
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 03/20] graph: move doc to graph.h and graph.c Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 04/20] merge: move doc to ll-merge.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 05/20] sha1-array: move doc to sha1-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 06/20] remote: move doc to remote.h and refspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 07/20] refs: move doc to refs.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 08/20] attr: move doc to attr.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 09/20] revision: move doc to revision.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 10/20] pathspec: move doc to pathspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-07  1:26     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-10  1:40       ` Heba Waly
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 11/20] sigchain: move doc to sigchain.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06 22:03     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-11  1:04       ` Heba Waly
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 12/20] cache: move doc to cache.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06 22:04     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 13/20] argv-array: move doc to argv-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 14/20] credential: move doc to credential.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 15/20] parse-options: move doc to parse-options.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11  2:45     ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-11 21:38       ` Heba Waly [this message]
2019-11-12  5:57         ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-15  9:55           ` Heba Waly
2019-11-15 11:37             ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-15 23:28               ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-17 11:34                 ` Heba Waly
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 16/20] run-command: move doc to run-command.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 17/20] trace: move doc to trace.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-07  1:32     ` Emily Shaffer
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 18/20] tree-walk: move doc to tree-walk.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 19/20] submodule-config: move doc to submodule-config.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-06  9:59   ` [PATCH v2 20/20] trace2: move doc to trace2.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27   ` [PATCH v3 00/21] [Outreachy] Move doc to header files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 01/21] diff: move doc to diff.h and diffcore.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-12  7:20       ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-14 12:22         ` Heba Waly
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 02/21] dir: move doc to dir.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 03/21] graph: move doc to graph.h and graph.c Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 04/21] merge: move doc to ll-merge.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 05/21] sha1-array: move doc to sha1-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 06/21] remote: move doc to remote.h and refspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 07/21] refs: move doc to refs.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 08/21] attr: move doc to attr.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 09/21] revision: move doc to revision.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 10/21] pathspec: move doc to pathspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 11/21] sigchain: move doc to sigchain.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 12/21] cache: move doc to cache.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-12  7:05       ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-14 10:14         ` Heba Waly
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 13/21] argv-array: move doc to argv-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 14/21] credential: move doc to credential.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 15/21] parse-options: move doc to parse-options.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:27     ` [PATCH v3 16/21] run-command: move doc to run-command.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:28     ` [PATCH v3 17/21] trace: move doc to trace.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:28     ` [PATCH v3 18/21] tree-walk: move doc to tree-walk.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:28     ` [PATCH v3 19/21] submodule-config: move doc to submodule-config.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-11 21:28     ` [PATCH v3 20/21] trace2: move doc to trace2.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-12  7:02       ` Junio C Hamano
2019-11-14 10:30         ` Heba Waly
2019-11-11 21:28     ` [PATCH v3 21/21] api-index: remove api doc index files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53     ` [PATCH v4 00/21] [Outreachy] Move doc to header files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 01/21] diff: move doc to diff.h and diffcore.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 02/21] dir: move doc to dir.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 03/21] graph: move doc to graph.h and graph.c Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 04/21] merge: move doc to ll-merge.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 05/21] sha1-array: move doc to sha1-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 06/21] remote: move doc to remote.h and refspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 07/21] refs: move doc to refs.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 08/21] attr: move doc to attr.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 09/21] revision: move doc to revision.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 10/21] pathspec: move doc to pathspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 11/21] sigchain: move doc to sigchain.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 12/21] cache: move doc to cache.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 13/21] argv-array: move doc to argv-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 14/21] credential: move doc to credential.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 15/21] parse-options: move doc to parse-options.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 16/21] run-command: move doc to run-command.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 17/21] trace: move doc to trace.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 18/21] tree-walk: move doc to tree-walk.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 19/21] submodule-config: move doc to submodule-config.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 20/21] trace2: move doc to trace2.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-15  9:53       ` [PATCH v4 21/21] api-index: remove api doc index files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04       ` [PATCH v5 00/21] [Outreachy] Move doc to header files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 01/21] diff: move doc to diff.h and diffcore.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 02/21] dir: move doc to dir.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 03/21] graph: move doc to graph.h and graph.c Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 04/21] merge: move doc to ll-merge.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 05/21] sha1-array: move doc to sha1-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 06/21] remote: move doc to remote.h and refspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 07/21] refs: move doc to refs.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 08/21] attr: move doc to attr.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 09/21] revision: move doc to revision.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 10/21] pathspec: move doc to pathspec.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 11/21] sigchain: move doc to sigchain.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 12/21] cache: move doc to cache.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 13/21] argv-array: move doc to argv-array.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 14/21] credential: move doc to credential.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 15/21] parse-options: add link to doc file in parse-options.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 16/21] run-command: move doc to run-command.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 17/21] trace: move doc to trace.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 18/21] tree-walk: move doc to tree-walk.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 19/21] submodule-config: move doc to submodule-config.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:04         ` [PATCH v5 20/21] trace2: move doc to trace2.h Heba Waly via GitGitGadget
2019-11-17 21:05         ` [PATCH v5 21/21] api-index: remove api doc index files Heba Waly via GitGitGadget

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