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First pass opinion: When you have both --file-pattern and --dir-pattern, --pattern is redundant.
So, make --pattern & ( --file-pattern &| --dir-pattern ) mutually exclusive.
Existing code using --pattern continues to work as is.
New code can choose to stick with the old -- subject to the caveat of the known bug -- or switch to using the new mechanism.
Existing code continues to work; new code can choose to works better.
Potentially; pre-deprecate --pattern. That is, warn that it will(may) go away at some point in the future.
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