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Re: (man|info) pages and --help

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: (man|info) pages and --help
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:34:31 +0200

Pádraig Brady wrote:

> Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>>    > Is there anyone who's unaware that --help doesn't provide
>>    > complete documentation?
>>    I would not expect anyone to *not* know that help output is
>>    abridged.  But I would rather have them go straight into 'info'
>>    than wasting time on 'man', only to be redirected to 'info'.
>>    Usually one looks at the '--help' output first. If we redirect on
>>    'man', why not there?
>> Because man pages are secondary on GNU systems, the offical spot has
>> always been info.  The redirection is only for convience for old
>> timers who still use man.
> While that may be the official line, practically nobody reads info pages,
> and if they do it's indirectly through google.
> I'd vote for removing the translation help line unconditionally
> (I notice it's not mentioned in man pages) and replace with:
> For complete documentation, run: info coreutils '$cmd invocation'


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