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Named constants seemingly cannot be used with short options, for example:
phd -v VERBOSE_NOVERSION
Whereas the following works:
phd --version VERBOSE_NOVERSION
The difference is confusing, however, maybe there is a good reason.
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(it is phd --verbose .. not --version :)
The real reason is that before PHP5.3 there was no such thing as "optional argument".
For the --verbose option it is natural to specify an option, but -v usually doesn't take arguments, but are passed multiple times for more verbosity.
We could fix it in 5.3 (optional argument), but then we would need some weird 5.2 BC code and it would be really inconsistent between PHP versions...
Automatic comment from SVN on behalf of bjori
Log: Fixed bug#45098 (named constants require long opt)
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Note though: This is optional argument.
Optional arguments to shortops are -arg=value
phd -v=VERBOSE_INFO ...