[PATCH] replace "parameters" by "arguments" in error messages
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From
Johannes Sixt
Date
2021-02-23 07:38:52 UTC
When an error message informs the user about an incorrect command
invocation, it should refer to "arguments", not "parameters".

Signed-off-by: Johannes Sixt <j6t@kdbg.org>
---
  Recently, I was greated by an accidental `git tag` invocation:

  $ git tag one two three
  fatal: too many params

  This is bad in two regards: (1) There's a techie-speak abbreviation
  in a user-visible text, (2) and it is wrong terminology to refer to
  "parameters" when "arguments" would be correct.

  Then I looked at every single occurrence of "parameter" in Documentation/
  and half-way through the rest and wanted to  correct all incorrect uses,
  but things are by far not as clear-cut as I hoped.

  So, I stopped here and fixed the one pain point that triggered the voyage,
  which I hope is not too controversal.

  bisect.c                    |  2 +-
  builtin/notes.c             | 20 ++++++++++----------
  builtin/stash.c             |  2 +-
  builtin/tag.c               |  2 +-
  t/t3301-notes.sh            |  6 +++---
  t/t6030-bisect-porcelain.sh |  4 ++--
  6 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 18 deletions(-)

diff --git a/bisect.c b/bisect.c
index 75ea0eb57f..ae48d19acf 100644
--- a/bisect.c
+++ b/bisect.c
@@ -1064,7 +1064,7 @@ enum bisect_error bisect_next_all(struct repository *r, const char *prefix)
  
  	if (!all) {
  		fprintf(stderr, _("No testable commit found.\n"
-			"Maybe you started with bad path parameters?\n"));
+			"Maybe you started with bad path arguments?\n"));
  
  		return BISECT_NO_TESTABLE_COMMIT;
  	}
diff --git a/builtin/notes.c b/builtin/notes.c
index 2987c08a2e..08b8914d29 100644
--- a/builtin/notes.c
+++ b/builtin/notes.c
@@ -373,7 +373,7 @@ static int list(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  				     git_notes_list_usage, 0);
  
  	if (1 < argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_list_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -428,7 +428,7 @@ static int add(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     PARSE_OPT_KEEP_ARGV0);
  
  	if (2 < argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_add_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -506,7 +506,7 @@ static int copy(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  
  	if (from_stdin || rewrite_cmd) {
  		if (argc) {
-			error(_("too many parameters"));
+			error(_("too many arguments"));
  			usage_with_options(git_notes_copy_usage, options);
  		} else {
  			return notes_copy_from_stdin(force, rewrite_cmd);
@@ -514,11 +514,11 @@ static int copy(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  	}
  
  	if (argc < 1) {
-		error(_("too few parameters"));
+		error(_("too few arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_copy_usage, options);
  	}
  	if (2 < argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_copy_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -595,7 +595,7 @@ static int append_edit(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     PARSE_OPT_KEEP_ARGV0);
  
  	if (2 < argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -662,7 +662,7 @@ static int show(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     0);
  
  	if (1 < argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_show_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -812,7 +812,7 @@ static int merge(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  		error(_("must specify a notes ref to merge"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_merge_usage, options);
  	} else if (!do_merge && argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_merge_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -960,7 +960,7 @@ static int prune(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     0);
  
  	if (argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_prune_usage, options);
  	}
  
@@ -982,7 +982,7 @@ static int get_ref(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     git_notes_get_ref_usage, 0);
  
  	if (argc) {
-		error(_("too many parameters"));
+		error(_("too many arguments"));
  		usage_with_options(git_notes_get_ref_usage, options);
  	}
  
diff --git a/builtin/stash.c b/builtin/stash.c
index 9bc85f91cd..60813d70d3 100644
--- a/builtin/stash.c
+++ b/builtin/stash.c
@@ -222,7 +222,7 @@ static int clear_stash(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  			     PARSE_OPT_STOP_AT_NON_OPTION);
  
  	if (argc)
-		return error(_("git stash clear with parameters is "
+		return error(_("git stash clear with arguments is "
  			       "unimplemented"));
  
  	return do_clear_stash();
diff --git a/builtin/tag.c b/builtin/tag.c
index e8b85eefd8..482d1b7d28 100644
--- a/builtin/tag.c
+++ b/builtin/tag.c
@@ -564,7 +564,7 @@ int cmd_tag(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
  
  	object_ref = argc == 2 ? argv[1] : "HEAD";
  	if (argc > 2)
-		die(_("too many params"));
+		die(_("too many arguments"));
  
  	if (get_oid(object_ref, &object))
  		die(_("Failed to resolve '%s' as a valid ref."), object_ref);
diff --git a/t/t3301-notes.sh b/t/t3301-notes.sh
index 4af881f0ba..d742be8840 100755
--- a/t/t3301-notes.sh
+++ b/t/t3301-notes.sh
@@ -1293,11 +1293,11 @@ test_expect_success 'GIT_NOTES_REWRITE_REF overrides config' '
  	grep "replacement note 3" actual
  '
  
-test_expect_success 'git notes copy diagnoses too many or too few parameters' '
+test_expect_success 'git notes copy diagnoses too many or too few arguments' '
  	test_must_fail git notes copy 2>error &&
-	test_i18ngrep "too few parameters" error &&
+	test_i18ngrep "too few arguments" error &&
  	test_must_fail git notes copy one two three 2>error &&
-	test_i18ngrep "too many parameters" error
+	test_i18ngrep "too many arguments" error
  '
  
  test_expect_success 'git notes get-ref expands refs/heads/main to refs/notes/refs/heads/main' '
diff --git a/t/t6030-bisect-porcelain.sh b/t/t6030-bisect-porcelain.sh
index 7bcde054d7..43608abcb7 100755
--- a/t/t6030-bisect-porcelain.sh
+++ b/t/t6030-bisect-porcelain.sh
@@ -578,9 +578,9 @@ test_expect_success 'skipping away from skipped commit' '
  	test "$para3" = "$PARA_HASH3"
  '
  
-test_expect_success 'erroring out when using bad path parameters' '
+test_expect_success 'erroring out when using bad path arguments' '
  	test_must_fail git bisect start $PARA_HASH7 $HASH1 -- foobar 2> error.txt &&
-	test_i18ngrep "bad path parameters" error.txt
+	test_i18ngrep "bad path arguments" error.txt
  '
  
  test_expect_success 'test bisection on bare repo - --no-checkout specified' '
-- 
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