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[debbugs-tracker] bug#21023: closed (REQUEST: --no-dereference missing f

From: GNU bug Tracking System
Subject: [debbugs-tracker] bug#21023: closed (REQUEST: --no-dereference missing from manpage + please make a short option for it)
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:56:02 +0000

Your message dated Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:54:44 -0700
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and subject line Re: [bug-diffutils] bug#21023: --no-dereference
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regarding REQUEST: --no-dereference missing from manpage + please make a short 
option for it
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: REQUEST: --no-dereference missing from manpage + please make a short option for it Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 02:42:57 +0200

It seems that --no-dereference is not documented in the manpage.

Apart from that, --no-dereference seem to me like the more native way
for a recursive diff to work,... i.e. diffing the values of symlinks
and not (recursively) the stuff they point to.

Since no-dereference is so helpful, could you perhaps add a shortcut -R
that is recursive + no-dereference?

Unfortunately it's probably too late to change -r to behave like --no
-dereference (and instead add a --dereference and a -R).

Best wishes,

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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: [bug-diffutils] bug#21023: --no-dereference Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:54:44 -0700
tags 21023 notabug

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Rodrigo Valiña Gutiérrez
<address@hidden> wrote:
> --no-dereference appears in 'diff --help' and 'info diffutils', but
> not in 'man diff'.

Thanks for the report, but that is unlikely to be a problem with this
upstream diffutils package, since the man page (diff.1) is
automatically generated from the output of diff --help, and the build
machinery to do that has been in place for over a decade. I would
suspect whatever installed your diff man pages or the configuration of
your "man(1)" program -- maybe it is searching in the wrong place.

I'm closing the auto-generated ticket in our bug-tracking system, but
please reply here (we'll still see it) if you think there is something
we can improve on this front.

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