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Re: "read" builtin: timeout vs. EOF


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: "read" builtin: timeout vs. EOF
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:15:59 -0500

> >                       Does it really need to be in the help text, which is
> >   just a short reminder reference, as well?
> 
> I think info about how "read -t" exits should be _moved_ from under
> the -t discussion to the Exit Status section.  Right now there is
> complete documentation in one place and incomplete documentation in
> another place, but if you read the incomplete documentation you don't
> know that it's incomplete and you should keep looking.

It's not a huge deal, and I have to make another change to the help
text to add something about variable assignment failures resulting in
a non-zero exit status anyway.  The bigger question is how much
detail can we expect the in-program help text to have?  The man page
is what, 70+ pages now, and the info manual is around 100 pages
longer.  I know it's convenient to have the information one builtin
away, but there's the question of bloat (not to mention translation)
to consider.

Chet

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