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  1. MongoDB ETL Tools
  2. TOOLS-128

mongorestore without arguments should only display usage

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    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major - P3
    • Resolution: Won't Fix
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: mongorestore
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      Most CLI tools that are potentially destructive require arguments to make them do anything, and when run with no arguments they just display an error or a usage summary. mongorestore should respect this convention.

      Why? Perhaps I am the only person that will ever do this (or not), but imagine the following scenario: User creates a dump that goes in the default directory. User is writing a shell script months later and wants to read the usage summary of the mongorestore command and types "mongorestore", forgetting that without arguments actually starts a restore.. Now any data deleted since the dump was created is unintentionally restored..

      Yes, the user made a mistake and should have typed "mongorestore --help", but don't you think having mongorestore with no arguments start restoring potentially very old database dumps is a bad idea? From a usability perspective requiring the user to type "mongorestore dump" is really not a big deal.

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              backlog-server-platform Backlog - Platform Team
              Reporter:
              colinmollenhour Colin Mollenhour
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