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Getting Help: The Powerful man(ual)

Apr 23, 2008, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Min)

[ Thanks to Steve Hill for this link. ]

"Let's face it: GNU/Linux software is not always easy to use. Especially command line software (at least the GUI programs have buttons and tooltips). Sometimes, the program will have a manual or some documentation at its homepage, but that is not always the case. The solution? The magical man.

"In the beginning, there was no coherent manual reading program. Manuals were scattered everywhere, if they even existed. Then, the first manual pages (shortened to man) were written by Dennis Ritchie (creator of the C language and UNIX pioneer) and Ken 'ken' Thompson (creator of the B language which was surpassed by C and UNIX pioneer). Now, thirty-five years later, virtually every terminal program and most graphical programs have a manual in the manpage format..."

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