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Re: CVS update: MODIFIED: src ...

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: CVS update: MODIFIED: src ...
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 10:41:31 -0500 (EST)

Derek Robert Price writes:
> Maybe.  I don't recall precisely and I might be recalling my regexp 
> syntax.  I'm going through a few other man pages now, but I can't find 
> any good examples of either case.  Can you name a few good examples or 
> some standard I could look at?

On my system (one of the BSDs), the synopses for ar and tar are:

        ar [-]{dmpqrtx}[abcilosuvV] [membername] archive files...

        tar [-]{crtux}[befmopvwBHLPX] [tarfile] [blocksize] file1 [file2...]

and the man page for lpc uses {} extensively in the syntax of the
subcommands.  The Single Unix Specification's Utility Conventions don't
seem to mention the issue, the only option they provide is to have a
separate syntax line for each required option and that is what they do
for their ar and pax (their replacement for tar) man pages.  I don't
recall ever seeing parentheses used instead.

-Larry Jones

They can make me do it, but they can't make me do it with dignity. -- Calvin

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