[TUHS] earliest Unix roff
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at lemis.com
Tue Sep 17 10:16:55 AEST 2019
On Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 7:42:28 +1000, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Sep 2019, Clem Cole wrote:
>> Fair enough, but be careful, while I admit I have not looked in a while,
>> info(gnu) relies on emacs keybindings and a number of very
>> emacs'ish things. Every time I have tried to deal with it, I have
>> unprogram my fingers and reset them to emacs.
> Yep, which is why I like "info" as much as I like EMACS i.e. not at
Maybe I've missed something, but I'm in the intermediate camp. Emacs
is in my fingertips, and I wouldn't want to live without it, but I'd
far rather see info go away. In some ways it anticipated HTML, but I
find navigation particularly painful.
> What exactly is wrong with the manpage format?
> It tells you everything you need to know, and tells you where to
> find further information.
Yes, but you need to follow the link manually. Theoretically a good
HTML document would be better, but it's nice to have a linear form
that you can search.
For an extreme case of man pages, look at something like mplayer(1) or
$ man mplayer|wc -l
$ man mpv|wc -l
That doesn't make them easy to read.
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