There is detailed help for bitcoin-cli commands using for example:

./src/bitcoin-cli getconnectioncount help.

However, there isn't generally detailed help for bitcoin-cli options such as

./src/bitcoin-cli -netinfo help.

(Note the dash in front of netinfo with no such dash before getconnectioncount)

Is there a reason why there isn't the same help for bitcoin-cli options?

Jon Atack added on IRC:

If not is there an already planned way to add to the help doc and would this be a good idea? For more detailed help than in ./src/bitcoin-cli -h

I was thinking it might be good to have a detailed help doc for -netinfo either with help -netinfo or expand the existing one at ./src/bitcoin-cli -h | grep -A3 netinfo or add a doc/netinfo.md file

  • I don't understand why you dump random conversations between developers on this site. Without context this question makes no sense - most CLI options do have help. Dec 27, 2020 at 5:11

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This simply is a shortcoming that should be fixed.

David Harding added on IRC:

help <command> is for RPCs; -h is for a quick summary of CLI parameters. Extended CLI parameter help should probably be in a manual page.

  • That's pretty much the opposite of the truth. The bitcoin-cli options in question (-netinfo), (-getinfo), (-generate) are as much end user features as the RPC commands, they've just been moved from bitcoind to bitcoin-cli. The fact that they aren't listed in -help or through other means is a shortcoming that should just be fixed. Dec 27, 2020 at 19:44
  • Cool, thanks. Will update. Dec 27, 2020 at 19:44

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