I believe CommandLine::OptionParser can do this
(http://rubyforge.org/docman/view.php/632/170/index.html).
Recommended.
-lv

Hugh Sasse wrote:

[snip]


> 
> Will one be able to write that as
>    -mmv --name dan --age=35
> or not?  I expect it makes parsing trickier.  I don't do it for
> single letter options that take parameters except 
> tar -cvf tarfile -
> so I could live without it.
> 
> Thank you.  Simplifying the interface is usually the right thing to
> do :-)
> 
>         Thank you,
>         Hugh
> 
>