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Re: Question about the return value of 'local'

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: Question about the return value of 'local'
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:21:41 -0500
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On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 08:37:02AM +0100, Francis Moreau wrote:
> Then maybe an option should be added to 'local' to display the full
> description that one can get from the manual, or maybe change the
> behaviour of '-m' switch ?

Almost every builtin command has a shorter and less informative
description in the shell's 'help' than it does in the manual.  The
'help' output is supposed to be a brief reminder of the syntax (e.g.
"which option letter was that..."), not a repetition of the entire

I do sympathize with the difficulty of finding the relevant information
in the manual sometimes, though, especially for builtins that are common
words like 'set'.

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