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Re: Apropos commands and regexps

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Apropos commands and regexps
Date: 16 May 2002 10:26:52 +0900

address@hidden (Kim F. Storm) writes:
> I don't like the "and" approach -- at least not as the default.
> (see my previous posting for the rationale).

`and' is the defautl for all search engines that I've used, and has the
advantage of being simple and easy to understand.

Perhaps your idea of `2 or more' would work better in practice, but
it's hard to say without some real experience.

> Comparing to WEB search engines, I don't think that separating
> keywords with commas is common practice...

No, but it's common practice in writing lists.

> Consider searching for "grep" -- shouldn't that return "igrep" ?

Good point; I guess maybe it shouldn't do any anchoring at all (bit
annoying, that, since I often get lots of false hits when my apropos
term unexpectedly happens to occur in the middle of a common english

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