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(man|info) pages and --help

From: C de-Avillez
Subject: (man|info) pages and --help
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:23:08 -0500

c.f.: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/430953

I have been thinking about this, and discussed it a bit on our (Ubuntu)
bugs IRC channel (#ubuntu-bugs).

I understand the move to 'info', and the decision to make the man pages
a summary, taken off the '--help'. But, to old UNIX users -- those that
were taught 'read the man page' -- and mostly to users that use other
systems, like AIX, HP/UX, Solaris, etc, the idea of looking at 'info'
will not occur.

Hell, I myself every so often forget about it.

So. Would it be an acceptable idea to add, to the '--help', a warning
that this is *not* the full documentation?

Say, like:

"This is an abridged documentation. The full documentation for blahblah
is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and date programs are
properly installed at your site, the command

              info coreutils 'blahblah invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual."

Thank you.



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