Why is --debug hidden?

Asked by Robert Ancell on 2010-03-08

Why is --debug hidden from --help?

    /* Deliberately hidden, you get told about this when you file
     * a bug ;-)
    { 0, "debug", NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, nih_option_debug },

This does nothing but make it harder for people to debug applications using libnih.

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Because debug-level logging is intended to be for developer-eyes only; they are not expected to be translated, and are permitted to be obscure including hex codes and the like.

--verbose is generally considered "sufficient" for most people; Upstart is the model here, even I tend to mostly use --verbose unless Upstart's code is clearly misbehaving.

The idea is thus that you file a bug and get asked for --debug output, but are not expected to understand it yourself

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