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Re: The --citation changed to refer to a book in a recent release


From: Ole Tange
Subject: Re: The --citation changed to refer to a book in a recent release
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:34:49 +0100

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 9:56 AM Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <address@hidden> wrote:
>
> The --citation output now refers to a book instead of the website /
> documentation itself:

No. It refers to the 2018-book instead of the article from 2011.
Citation has never referred to neither the website nor the included
documentation.

> https://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/parallel.git/commit/?id=130e299
>
> This has made it useless for people who'd like to cite the tool and its
> documentation (i.e. man page) but have never / aren't going to read this
> supplemental documentation.

GNU Parallel has changed a lot since the article was published in
2011. The book is a much updated resource compared to the article.
That is why the citation has changed. The hope is that there will be
new version of the book every few years, so there will not be a
difference of 7 years between the referenced article and the actual
tool used.

My guess is that very few of the users that cited earlier versions had
read the article (even though both article and book can be read for
free online). They had gotten the information they needed in different
ways (man page, tutorial, videos, blog posts, question websites,
mailinglist, or word of mouth) - and that is completely fine.


/Ole



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