[Issue 423] New: dmd ignores empty commandline arguments

Derek Parnell derek at nomail.afraid.org
Tue Oct 10 16:14:07 PDT 2006

On Tue, 10 Oct 2006 16:47:34 -0600, Hasan Aljudy wrote:

> Derek Parnell wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Oct 2006 01:39:01 -0700, Walter Bright wrote:
>>> d-bugmail at puremagic.com wrote:
>>>> http://d.puremagic.com/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=423
>>>>            Summary: dmd ignores empty commandline arguments
>>>>            Product: D
>>>>            Version: 0.169
>>>>           Platform: PC
>>>>         OS/Version: Linux
>>>>             Status: NEW
>>>>           Severity: normal
>>>>           Priority: P2
>>>>          Component: DMD
>>>>         AssignedTo: bugzilla at digitalmars.com
>>>>         ReportedBy: thomas-dloop at kuehne.cn
>>>> dmd "" a.d
>>>> is interpreted as >dmd a.d<
>>>> dmd ''
>>>> is interpteted as >dmd<
>>> That's what it's supposed to do.
>> Why? I would have expected a string of length zero to be passed.
> So? It's zero-length string is "nothing", hence ignored.

Huh?   If I hold a cup of coffee, then drink it all, do I still hold
nothing or a cup of nothing? A string is a container that holds zero or
more characters, IMHO. An empty string is still a string, it just has no
characters in it. Consider a blank sheet of paper; is it full of 'space'
characters or does it contain nothing? Is it still a page if it has no
characters in it? Consider an array of text lines; if one or more of them
are empty, do we ignore those when printing on a page or do we use that

The strings on a command line contain information even if one of them is
empty - at the very least it is a placeholder. 

An empty string is different from a string that is not initialized and
different again from non-existent 'string'.

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11/10/2006 9:07:12 AM

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