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Re: coreutils FAQ link in manpages and/or --help output

From: Ondrej Oprala
Subject: Re: coreutils FAQ link in manpages and/or --help output
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:46:30 +0100
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On 02/25/2013 05:12 PM, Assaf Gordon wrote:

Bernhard Voelker wrote, On 02/25/2013 10:58 AM:
On 02/25/2013 03:53 PM, Ondrej Oprala wrote:
to reduce the amount of questions about date, sort and anything
multibyte-related, I think
it'd be a good idea to add a link to the coreutils FAQ to the man pages
(and/or --help output), maybe something like
"Report TOOL bugs to address@hidden but please make sure the
behaviour is not listed in FAQ: link"
What do you think?
I'd not be surprised if this had already been discussed before.
However, I like the idea, but it would be best if we had nice
translations for that FAQ page.

If changing the general "help" message (I assume from "emit_ancillary_info()"), 
perhaps consider another change:

Add a line (preferably on top) that would point to "address@hidden" in addition to 
saying something like:
  "For common usage questions, see <FAQ>"
and then
  "Send usage questions to address@hidden"
and only then print the existing:
  "Report sort bugs to address@hidden"

This will (hopefully?) prevent those cases where people send general questions and open a 
new bug, forcing someone to respond with the boiler-plate answer "by sending an 
email to this mailing list, you've opened a bug-report, and I'm closing it".

There's already a link saying:
  "General help using GNU software: <>"
But this page is not very helpful for a non-expert who just wants to get help 
about a specific GNU coreutils program...

Just my two cents,

Thank you all for your replies,
I think reducing the number of links in help output is a great idea;
at the very least we should put the coreutils help link(or FAQ link) before the bug-coreutils address, so it's the first thing the users see. There's no help (apart from the general GNU help) mentioned there now and I think users (even offline users) should be made more
aware that some special cases may exist for the coreutils package.


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