All 1,400 Google Chrome CLI flags

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  • gflags

    The gflags package contains a C++ library that implements commandline flags processing. It includes built-in support for standard types such as string and the ability to define flags in the source file in which they are used. Online documentation available at:

  • chromium

    The official GitHub mirror of the Chromium source

    The word "Zygote" will actually be really clear to anyone who's been exposed to Chrome's multiprocess architecture.

    > A zygote process is one that listens for spawn requests from a main process and forks itself in response. Generally they are used because forking a process after some expensive setup has been performed can save time and share extra memory pages.

    With that background, --zygote isn't actually a flag at all. If you click on it it takes you to a string constant, but that string is actually a value for the --type flag. e.g. an unsandboxed zygote process would have `--type=zygote`.

    `--type` is itself an internal flag, explaining it's lax description of "Flags spied upon from other layers.". However it is briefly described in the documentation I linked above.

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  • linux

    Linux kernel source tree

    I don't know. Judging from source blame, flagfile has been in gflags since 2007 at the latest, and 2007 is also when the command line length limit was lifted:

  • cli-guidelines

    A guide to help you write better command-line programs, taking traditional UNIX principles and updating them for the modern day.

    Kind of related but not: if you are interested in cli design I recommend this guide as well:

    I think people are overly focused on how crappy Unix tools from the previous millennia are (ls, sendmail, dd, etc…) but I do truly believe that cli tools can be ergonomic because I have used and built tools which feel ergonomic.

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