man pages

Sam Halliday fommil at
Sat May 3 15:33:55 PDT 2003

Ken Moffat wrote:
> there is a "missing man pages" project
this may be better than the OpenBSD man pages... but i have yet to check
either to any great detail.

> packages such as diffutils now use help2man to create the man pages

this is tiny! (13K) and only requires perl... why dont we install this
in the LFS toolchain and use it for (at least a short term) solution for
missing man pages? for me;

`help2man tar | gzip > /usr/share/man/man1/tar.1.gz`

has saved me hitting my head and having to type `man --help` when i am
not thinking right...

i think there should (at least) be some infrastruture set up for new/old
LFS users to write and submit man pages. a request in the last paragraph
of LFS couldn't hurt anyone :-D its something we can all do, but nobody
ever really points it out... or asks us to do directly.

Three minutes' thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is
irksome and three minutes is a long time.
-- A.E. Houseman
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