just how much can you do with?

Christopher Chaltain chaltain at gmail.com
Sat Mar 2 20:06:04 UTC 2013

Don't forget there's also the info command which often has more
approachable information than the man command.

On 02/03/13 13:01, Hart Larry wrote:
> Well Kyle, I think even for folks such as Karen-and-myself, moving from
> dos to Linux, Linux man-pages are written in such  a way that not only
> listening with speech, but without a tecnical background, they are hard
> to understand.
> I did write Karen off list-and-suggest it would be instructive to show
> side-by-side a DOS help with a Linux man-page of a similar command. 
> Maybe somewhere there are more discriptive beginner man-pages which we
> could dropin to a system, which would make learning easier.
> As an example, here is a Debian man for ren "rename"
> RENAME(1)                                     Perl Programmers Reference
> Guide RENAME(1)
>        rename - renames multiple files
>        rename [ -v ] [ -n ] [ -f ] perlexpr [ files ]
>        "rename" renames the filenames supplied according to the rule
> specified as the first argument.  The perlexpr argument
>        is a Perl expression which is expected to modify the $_ string in
> Perl for at least some of the filenames specified.
>        If a given filename is not modified by the expression, it will
> not be renamed.  If no filenames are given on the
>        command line, filenames will be read via standard input.
>        For example, to rename all files matching "*.bak" to strip the
> extension, you might say
>                rename 's/\.bak$//' *.bak
>        To translate uppercase names to lower, you'd use
>                rename 'y/A-Z/a-z/' *
>        -v, --verbose
>                Verbose: print names of files successfully renamed.
>        -n, --no-act
>                No Action: show what files would have been renamed.
>        -f, --force
>                Force: overwrite existing files.
>        No environment variables are used.
>        Larry Wall
>        mv(1), perl(1)
>        If you give an invalid Perl expression you'll get a syntax error.
>        The original "rename" did not check for the existence of target
> filenames, so had to be used with care.  I hope I've
>        fixed that (Robin Barker).
>  Back again live, Kyle, do you think some1 with little Linux experience,
> wanting to learn, can make sense of that?
> I tried going in DOSemu to find a similar help, but cannot get "help
> ren" to work.  Thanks for listening
> Hart
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