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Perry Hutchison perryh at pluto.rain.com
Sun Mar 3 05:01:05 UTC 2013

Joshua Isom <jrisom at gmail.com> wrote:
> But google and other search engines treats words([A-Za-z0-9])
> starting with - as meaning exclude results with this, even when
> obvious it's about unix commands.  It can be rather annoying
> when searching for help.

This comment suggests a new translation of GNU:  Google's Not Unix
(although it may well be _hosted on_ a Unix variant).

Absent some very advanced AI, nothing is "obvious" to a computer :)
The "-" character means different things in different environments.

When you know what command is needed, the manpage is usually the
best reference.  Save the search engines for when you _don't_ know
which command to use -- and even then you probably should try
"man -k" or "apropos" first.

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