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Re: Question about the return value of 'local'

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Question about the return value of 'local'
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:33:01 -0500
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On 12/14/12 2:37 AM, Francis Moreau wrote:

>> `help' is a quick reference -- a handy shortcut.  The authoritative
>> documentation is still the manual page and texinfo document.
> 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 ?

It was never a goal to duplicate the entire 70+-page manual inside bash.
Why would I add options to each builtin to do that?

The -m option to help was intended to display in a more familiar format.
It's not a manual replacement, either.

We already have the man page and the info file.

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