A request to segregate man pages for shell built-ins
feenberg at nber.org
Wed Oct 25 17:25:54 UTC 2017
On Wed, 25 Oct 2017, Polytropon wrote:
> % which echo
> echo: shell built-in command.
> $ which echo
> In such a case, what should "man echo" show?
A person of good will authoring the documentation would describe the
The problem with putting all the documentation for several score of shell
commands in a single page is not for commands such as "echo" which are
easy to search for on the builtins man page, but commands such as "if"
which are quite a chore to search for. I don't advocate a change in
policy, but I wouldn't ridicule proponents in favor of a change.
In any case, it is disengenuous to suggest to someone that they write the
pages, given that there is no chance that such pages would be included in
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