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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] "Newbie-ized help"

From: James Blackwell
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] "Newbie-ized help"
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 10:01:57 -0400

In lists.arch.users, you wrote:
> James Blackwell wrote:
>> Btw, its down to 89 now, which is a 51% reduction from the original.
> Groovy.  I'm also dubious about 'tla id' being included on the newbie
> help -- I've never used it, which is a reasonable indicator that it's
> not a commonly used command.  Likewise 'archive-setup': once I
> discovered that tag and import would do this automatically, I've never
> bothered with it.

Thanks for your opinion.

>> If you can do a better job, patches welcome. :)
> [...]
>> > How about splitting them by "task"?
> [...]
>> How many hours do you estimate it would take to change the current
>> codebase over to doing what you request? 
> I admit I have no idea -- I haven't really looked at how the current
> help system works.

Do you think it might be appropriate to dive into the code and assess
the ease of a change before recommending it? 

>>From a brief look, it seems that adding an additional 'section' field
> to the arch_command structure and then having cmd_help use that would
> do the trick?  Hmm, my categorisation had some commands in more than
> one section, so maybe it'd be better to have an array for each section
> listing what commands are in it.  I might have a shot at doing this
> (probably tomorrow).
>> Also, how do you think this will be received by people that are looking 
>> for a command name, but can't remember what section its in? (i.e. gdb
>> help disease)
> Fair point.  Perhaps only the most common commands could be
> sectionised, and then make "tla help all" (or whatever) show the
> lot...

If you're willing to write it, I'm willing to look at it. 

cmd-help.c is ready for a rewrite anyways. :) 

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