Do you want to request a feature or report a bug?
If this is a feature request, what is motivation or use case for changing the behavior?
webpack-cli does a lot of neat things, but it’s huge, has a huge dependency list, and I don’t personally need any of its features other than a tiny CLI that takes args and passes them to a webpack compiler. It’s also annoying to have to remember to install an additional dependency for each web project.
Would you consider providing an extremely minimal CLI within the webpack package itself, which simply parsed args and sent them to a webpack instance? Everyone would still be free to use webpack-cli if they want/need, but no one would be forced to install an extremely large tool just to call webpack from the command line.