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Re: documentation typo: `--terminal' fails

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: documentation typo: `--terminal' fails
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 20:50:38 +0000 (UTC)

    >> `-t DEVICE'
    >> `--terminal=DEVICE'
    >>      Use DEVICE as the device for terminal input and output.
    >>      `--terminal' implies `--no-window-system'.

    >    In which way is this wrong?
    > It fails to run Emacs although
    >     $ /usr/local/src/emacs/src/emacs -Q -D --no-window-system
    > does.

    Because you forgot the DEVICE argument, which is clearly required
    according to the documentation you quoted.

No, the documentation clearly says that

    `--terminal' implies `--no-window-system'

and neither `--terminal' nor `--no-window-system' say they need an argument.

If the `--terminal' for `--no-window-system' needed a DEVICE argument
I would expect it to say

    `--terminal=DEVICE' implies `--no-window-system'

but it does not.

Perhaps this trouble is an ambiguity of the documentation?

    > It fails to run Emacs although

    In which way does it fail when used as documented?

    >     $ /usr/local/src/emacs/src/emacs -Q -D --no-window-system
    > does.

    Does what?

/usr/local/src/emacs/src/emacs -Q -D --no-window-system 
runs an instance of Emacs.  

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