[TUHS] Another "craft" discussion topic - mindless tool proliferation
mparson at bl.org
Fri Sep 22 11:53:05 AEST 2017
On 2017-09-21 19:36, Larry McVoy wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:02:07AM +1000, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> On Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 20:39:24 +0200, Steffen Nurpmeso
>> > Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at> wrote:
>> >> I think it's a shame that the non-man-page parts of the Unix
>> >> documentation set have been neglected, in that you don't often get
>> >> newer programs following the style of the USD / SMM / PSD guides.
>> > The problem being that even FreeBSD dropped them from the base
>> > system.
>> There was a good reason for that. To my recollection, they hadn't
>> been maintained At All, and they were decades out of date. While they
>> were interesting for their historical content, as user/programmer
>> documentation they were useless at best and misleading or dangerous at
> That's really on the maintainers, it's a shame they haven't kept those
> up to date. Either update them or add to them, there has to be
> worth writing up.
> I used to *love* those manuals.
I still love those manuals. The printed set of the BSD manuals were
some of the first books I ordered off the Internet back in the early
1990s. Well worn, but still on my shelf. I learned a lot from them,
including *roff from the URM docs.
I got excited when I first installed NetBSD on my Amiga 3000 and saw
that (most of) those docs were in the tree.
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