Fool's guide to FIND
declan.moriarty at ntlworld.ie
Fri Nov 22 06:25:43 PST 2002
Thanks to the 300 replies on find everybody. I have the point.
On Thursday 21 November 2002 15:32, you wrote:
> * Declan Moriarty <declan.moriarty at ntlworld.ie> [2002-11-21 19:39]:
> > Can anyone point me to such a thing? With examples?
> info find
> Good man pages are useful as a reference, but are difficult to read
> when you want an introduction. Someone at the FSF (RMS?) has a really
> poor opinion of man pages, and does not want of FSF resources 'wasted'
> on them despite the fact that a good man page is far better for
> reference than most info documentation. For this reason, you will find
> the man pages for FSF software are often automatically generated, and
> not that useful unless you already know a good deal about the command.
> For introductory text, you are often much better of reading the info
> pages instead.
Is that so? Maybe I don't understand enough of what I read. I've heard the
man pages are less favoured, and then even run into notices on them to the
effect that they are out of date garbage, and to look to the info pages. The
info pages seem invariably to be a straight copy of the man pages, or
vice-versa. If they worked half a dozen examples into each one, they'd be
fine. But the trouble is that docs are written by people who know what they
are talking abopute - they should get them written by guys who don't.
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