Why questions don't get answered, or "No, I've already RTFM, tell me the answer!"

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Fri Dec 30 03:07:21 UTC 2005

On Thursday 29 December 2005 20:40, Kam Leo wrote:
>On 12/29/05, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2005-12-29 at 09:07, Charles Howse wrote:
>> > My first experience with Linux was when I bought a book about
>> > Linux that contained Red Hat 5.  Didn't know what a man page was
>> > until I finished reading the book.  Today I am still dumbfounded
>> > sometimes by the lack of help contained in a man page, or by the
>> > over abundance of terms that I have to stop and look up, then try
>> > and understand whether that applies to my situation.
>> You really have to understand what the shell does to every
>> command line before starting a program before reading other
>> man pages. The concepts of i/o redirection, wildcard filename
>> expansion, and environment variable setting are not repeated
>> in the man pages for every program even though they may be
>> useful or even necessary.  Man pages are meant to be a reference,
>> not a tutorial.  A tutorial should be a separate volume since
>> you normally only need it once and never want to see it again
>> while you may need the reference for obscure options later.
>> Unfortunately, a tutorial doesn't exist for some programs
>> you might want to use.
>> --
>>   Les Mikesell
>>     lesmikesell at gmail.com
>It would greatly help if most of the man pages included examples of
> usage.

Hear hear!!

Cheers, Gene
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