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Re: General complaint about GNU's preference for "info" versus "man"

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: General complaint about GNU's preference for "info" versus "man"
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 10:42:56 +0200
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Hello Karl,

On Sat, Apr 22, 2006 at 11:54:30AM -0500, Karl Berry wrote:
>     BTW: I'd like to speak against help2man here: 
> I find it is far better than independently maintaining a separate man
> page source,

agreed.  I just think that extracting it from the texinfo manual would be
even better.

> help2man supports ways of including text in the man page which does not
> come from --help.  The fact that no one (to my knowledge) does this
> shows that people find the manified --help output mostly "enough".

Well, they were just freed from having to maintain to whole manpage
by hand, and they are not willing to go back and maintain half of it by

But it doesn't meant that a way to have even better manpage without the
need to maintain (parts of) it by hand wouldn't be welcome.

>     (The --help need not otherwise list all options
> No point in arguing about this hypothetical, but for the record, I
> disagree; I am only frustrated when --help does not list all the
> options.  Inevitably the one which the developers did not think was
> important enough to list is the one which I need.

I beleive you are right.  Thanks for correcting me.

Have a nice day,

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