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Linux.com: What You Need to Know to Write man Pages

Feb 11, 2004, 04:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Seebach)

"Man pages, some assert, are obsolete. They're old-fashioned, they don't have a lot of neat modern features, and they're written in nroff, an old and strange markup language.

"All of this is true; nonetheless, man pages are the primary source of documentation for Unix-like systems, and have been for a long time. The man program is installed as standard on pretty much every Unix-like system ever shipped; competing formats may require users to install and learn new, unfamiliar tools. Man pages are well-suited to being printed without substantial effort; you don't have to format them, you can just feed them to a printer. Furthermore, everyone knows how to use more to read files..."

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