[TUHS] man-page style

Jon Steinhart jon at fourwinds.com
Sat Nov 17 07:13:16 AEST 2018

Chet Ramey writes:
> On 11/16/18 3:52 PM, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> > On Fri, 16 Nov 2018, Toby Thain wrote:
> > 
> >> GNU understood the difference, and wrote separate manuals (e.g. `info
> >> bash`, `info bison`, etc).
> > 
> > GNU "info" is one of the most non-intuitive interfaces that I've ever had
> > the displeasure to use.  Or maybe that's just me...
> If you don't use emacs, you won't like it.

Well, not wanting to start a flame war here, but I don't use emacs.  While
it's a good piece of software, I just want a text editor.  Emacs sort of
violates my UNIX-sense as it does many things instead of doing one thing

But really the issue is that info introduced a new interface on a system
that already had one that people were accustomed to.  This is something
that perpetually annoys me in the software world; people introducing new
ways of doing things that aren't improvements, just different.  Just makes
life harder for everyone else.

As an example, I recently did a deep dive trying to figure out why promises
were added to JavaScript.  Actually has nothing to do with the first
10000000000 search results.  They were done for a particular reason that I
don't agree with but were an excuse for someone to force their preferred
coding style on others.  And the details are not a topic for this list.


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