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Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:40:12 +0100
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: "Hide" more options

On 11/23/2012 12:28 AM, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> One option remained in the main usage output, but I think it should also
> be moved to --hidden-options:
> --plugin=NAME[,..]        load this (these) dynamic plugin(s)

Yes, that was just me being lazy with keeping track of the ifdefs.

> IMHO, there are even more options which could/should be moved from the
> main usage output to the output of --list=hidden-options:
>                   --pipe  like --stdin, but bulk reads, and allows rules

> --loopback[=FILE]         like --wordlist, but fetch words from a .pot file
> --dupe-suppression        suppress all dupes in wordlist (and force preload)
> --encoding=NAME           input data is non-ascii (eg. UTF-8, ISO-8859-1).
>                            For a full list of NAME use --list=encodings
> --pot=NAME                pot file to use

IMHO we should only move --plugin. My main concern was super-rarely-used 
options, debug/test options and stuff that was placed below the format list.

> The following option should be moved above the --format=NAME line
> (similar to the core john version).

Did you miss to include something here?

> If we really move that many option to --list=hidden-options, the
> --list=WHAT description might need to get a little bit longer (and I
> think it should stay at the end of the usage output). What about this:
> --list=WHAT               list capabilities, see --list=help or doc/OPTIONS,
>                            see --list=hidden-options for more options



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