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Re: Document that find -maxdepth is a GNU extension

From: Andreas Metzler
Subject: Re: Document that find -maxdepth is a GNU extension
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:41:43 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On 2019-04-15 Bernhard Voelker <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 4/15/19 7:02 PM, Дилян Палаузов wrote:
> > this information is in the manual page, but not in the info files.  The 
> > latter state e.g. for --no-run-if-empty, that
> > this is a “GNU extension”.

> Actually, there's a lot redundancy between the man page and the texinfo
> manual, and also quite a lot which is not in sync (as in your example).

> IMO maintaining both is quite some effort, and ideally all should be
> merged into the texinfo format (of which HTML and PDF versions are
> generated) [1], and find.1 should be generated from and contain just a
> bit more than 'find --help'.  A pity that merging both formats is a
> huge effort already ...


As a find user I would rather see the info manual dropped than the
manpage. For *me* the latter is not only better accessible. man with
less a pager simply is quicker than any of the info readers or a
web-browser, but apart from that especially for find the man page is
better readable. There is less chaff. It is leaner since it only
documents find and not e.g. updatedb, too.

Also I simply do not like fine-grained the node structure with deep
hierarchy. It is fine in theory, but if I am looking for e.g. printf
specifiers I am going to search for /printf/ instead of jumping through
TOC -> 3 Actions -> 3.2 Print File Information -> 3.2.2 Format
Directives -> Name Directives.

I do know that GNU standards say differently, but I respectfully

cu Andreas
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