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Subject:RE: Opposite of "interactively"? From:mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:39:35 -0400
Edwin had an interesting suggestion, and some of the others were noteworthy,
but I think I'm going to re-cast the sentence(s). It turns out that there
just aren't any good antonyms for "interactive" when what's contemplated is
the difference between a shell or prompted command and a
pile-it-all-into-one-line-and-hope (atomic) command-line option.
There's also, it appears, no likely pair of other words that succinctly
encapsulates the two options, leaving "interactive" entirely out of the
picture, though several people gave it a game try. :-)
Thanks to all.
Oh, by the way, just as a point of interest - one might wonder why a
knowledgeable (power) user would bother with a prompted version of an
operation if they could efficiently pile all the options, flags, etc., into
one command-line command. Well, if there's a password involved, you'd have
to type that "in the clear" on the command line, meaning that anyone
standing near (or watching via a camera) could see the password, or could
come by later and scroll back in the buffer to view it. If you use a
prompted version, the password is usually obscured by ******. In the latter
case, you only need to worry about keystroke- capture spyware.
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