ssh command line option processing behaviour

Damien Miller djm at
Thu May 12 11:19:13 EST 2011

On Thu, 12 May 2011, Cyrille Lefevre wrote:

> ssh -o BatchMode=no -o BatchMode=yes host cmd arg...
> the unix common expected behaviour is to have BatchMode = true, while
> ssh says BatchMode = false.
> how about to change the ssh command line processing bahaviour ?

No. The command-line behaviour is consistent with the configuration
file parsing logic and is widely depended upon.

The "common expected behaviour" is hardly universal; while many programs
do it, others will detect the inconsistency fatally error and some will
do the wrong thing.


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