Very, very, very verbose-mode
A lot of command line programs have what's called verbosity. That controls how much the program tells you about what it's doing. Usually looks something like this:
`--verbose[=N]' Send verbose output to standard error describing what [Program] is doing. Using `-v' or `--verbose' increases the verbosity by one; using `--verbose=N' sets it to N.
If the verbosity is low, it might print out out something like:
or even nothing at all, but if it's set high, it might print out something like:
Initializing arrays Done. Initializing globals Done. Reading global init file /etc/acme Done File ~/.acmerc not found
and so forth.
So I wondered, just how high can you set it? Only one way to find out: try it! So:
% acme --verbose=100
and here's the output:
Welcome to the Acme utility! First thing I'm going to do is initialize. Haven't done it yet, I'm just telling you what I'm going to do. Here goes! I'm initializing. OK, so far so good. Now that I've started initializing, first thing I'm going to do is set up the arrays. But first I'm gonna tell you a little story about three cowboys in the 1890's. Now these three cowpokes was on the Wyoming trail - you know, that's a long trail. Runs clear from, well, I don't rightly know, but anyways, it's pretty long. Now one cowboy says to the others
and so forth. Lots and lots of so forth.