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Old 12-11-2004, 10:40 PM   #1
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man or info, info or man?!

Linux utilities do not actively maintain man pages. They have their own "info" documents which contain much detailed and better organized information.

(For example while bash man page is over 4000 lines, bash info starts with a two page index).

And most of the distributions come with a nice utility called "pinfo" which will allow lynx like (nicer and easier) navigation of info pages.

Extract from ls man page:

The full documentation for ls is maintained as a Texinfo
manual. If the info and ls programs are properly installed
at your site, the command

info ls

should give you access to the complete manual.
From here

Does this mean we should start saying "RTFI!"?
Old 12-12-2004, 01:58 AM   #2
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Man, if I had some info like that, I'd be quite the cool guy. Man to [hu]man I don't know if there is enough info to sustain such a claim, unless of course there is a man out there that keeps that kind info in his head at all times.

I've personally found that info doesn't contain the actual stuff I'm looking for, that, when I look, does exist in the man. It's probably that I'm just used to reading through the man faster, not necessarily that the info page doesn't have the stuff I'm looking for.


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Old 12-12-2004, 10:45 AM   #3
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man - I'm so used to it I wouldn't know where to find the I N F O keys on my keyboard!
Doh! I just did.. nope, man is better!!


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