[TUHS] Project Idea: The UNIX Programmer's Manual: Heritage Edition

Marc Donner marc.donner at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 10:26:16 AEST 2023

Maybe it’s just you, but it’s just me too.

On Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 3:57 PM Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 19, 2023 at 07:25:13PM -0700, Adam Thornton wrote:
> > Yeah, I'm less angry at GNU now--I didn't search as hard, but when I
> found
> > out 4.3BSD didn't have HISTORY (and neither does 2.11BSD, which is still
> > actively-ish maintained) then I figured it wasn't something classical
> that
> > GNU dropped, just never imported.  I feel like it existed on SunOS and
> > Solaris but I might be wrong about that?  Was it really FreeBSD that
> > introduced it?
> I don't think SunOS had it.  The SunOS man pages were pretty terse, the
> powers that be wanted just the facts.  I remember get beat up for putting
> examples in some of the man pages I wrote, they got taken out "because
> examples are for user guides, man pages are not user guides, they are a
> reference guide" or something like that.
> I like examples in man pages, I think it jump starts you into using the
> program more easily but maybe that's just me.
> --
> ---
> Larry McVoy           Retired to fishing
> http://www.mcvoy.com/lm/boat
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