A request to segregate man pages for shell built-ins

Manish Jain bourne.identity at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 25 02:23:30 UTC 2017


Despite all the respect I have for the genius of Richard Stallman, I 
could never understand what use was his idea of info - man pages are 
what everyone needs, and nothing else.

But I run into roughly the same weather with shell built-ins, most of 
which do not have their own man page. 'man set' rather blandly throws up
the man page for the shell, and it takes an immense effort to glean the 
relevant information.

Is it not possible to create separate man pages for the shell built-ins 
too ? Or at least ensure that invoking the built-in with --help gets the 
necessary information ?

(Note : some built-ins (e.g. 'test') do have their own man pages)

Manish Jain

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