[feature suggestion] copy one line, print the rest

Allan Odgaard lists+pass at simplit.com
Fri Jan 8 10:18:13 UTC 2021

On 8 Jan 2021, at 9:12, Alexandre « erdnaxe » IOOSS wrote:

> Actually does it break compatibility if we just print all other lines
> with current `-c` option?

I would say yes. I do have some multi-line password entries for which 
`pass -c …` is called by scripts that do not expect output to stdout.

Generally unix utilities should be quiet on success (unless they are 
asked for something).

Taking a step back, pass can decode a password, it can send it to the 
terminal or the clipboard. A password item is generally structured with 
a head (first line), and a tail (the rest). Sometimes we want head sent 
to clipboard, at other times the terminal, seomtimes we want head and 
tail sent to the terminal, othertimes only the tail should be sent to 
the terminal, etc.

Looking at it this way, there could be explicit head and tail 
destinations, e.g.:

     pass --head=clipboard                  # same as: pass show --clip
     pass --head=terminal  --tail=terminal  # same as: pass show
     pass --head=clipboard --tail=terminal  # not currently possible
     pass --tail=terminal                   # not currently possible

Here --clip/-c would be shorthand for the first, and no options would 
result in the second.

I see though that --clip takes number of lines as argument, so that 
would have to be a third argument (defaulting to 1).

I am not sure if this approach is desirable or not, but it seems 
slightly more generalized than adding the special option discussed in 
this thread.

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