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bug#7239: [PATCH] Update URL of help section on GNU website

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#7239: [PATCH] Update URL of help section on GNU website
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:38:15 -0600
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tag 7239 + notabug
close 7239

On 10/19/2010 12:11 AM, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
[ adding bug-standards and webmasters ]

Hello Tobias,

* Tobias Quathamer wrote on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 05:28:36PM CEST:
the help section on www.gnu.org has moved. Please consider to apply the
attached patch which uses the current URL.

The right action to take for this is to complain to the web master to
move the page back.  The gethelp URL is documented in the Maintainer's
Guide as well as in the GNU Coding Standards, and recommended to be
listed in program --help output.  Updating all programs will take years,
and doesn't sound like a smart move to me (sorry for the pun).

It looks like coreutils (and indeed, all clients of the gnulib module version-etc) can breathe a sigh of relief that the web redirect has been setup so that http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/ again works. As such, I'm using this mail to close the coreutils bug report.

I find it interesting, however, that standards.texi refers to the short URL, while maintain.texi refers to the longer http://www.gnu.org/help/gethelp.html

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
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