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Re: Question about the return value of 'local'


From: Francis Moreau
Subject: Re: Question about the return value of 'local'
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:43:19 +0100

On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Greg Wooledge <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 08:37:02AM +0100, Francis Moreau wrote:
>> Then maybe an option should be added to 'local' to display the full
>> description that one can get from the manual, or maybe change the
>> behaviour of '-m' switch ?
>
> Almost every builtin command has a shorter and less informative
> description in the shell's 'help' than it does in the manual.  The
> 'help' output is supposed to be a brief reminder of the syntax (e.g.
> "which option letter was that..."), not a repetition of the entire
> manual.

Well, I actually use help(1) more than a shortcut to access quickly
the relevant part of the manual than anything else. I regularly find
that sailing across the manual is quite slow and annoying, but it's
probably just me being lazy.

-- 
Francis



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