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Re: Can't find the DNS Servers




On Tuesday 26 September 2017 10:04:42 Darac Marjal wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 09:09:47AM -0400, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> >On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 02:12:07PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> >> On Mon, 25 Sep 2017, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> >> > On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 12:20:45PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> >> > > as is documented in dhclient-script(8):
> >> >
> >> > Well now that's just EVIL. :-(
> >>
> >> It's much more powerful than a single variable because you can have
> >> it do *anything*.
> >
> >No, you don't understand.  I had no idea that man page EXISTED!
> >For years, I have been searching back and forth and up and down in
> >dhclient(8) and dhclient.conf(5) and finding NOTHING.
> >
> >Turns out the REASON I couldn't find anything was because some bright
> >spark decided to split the documentation into multiple man pages.
> >
> >> > Well now that's just EVIL. :-(
> >
> >So, apparently the only way to find anything is to open umpteen
> > terminal windows, one man page in each terminal window.  Jump to the
> > bottom of each man page, find the SEE ALSO section, open EVERY
> > linked man page in another terminal window.  Recursively.  Then
> > perform your searches in every single window in parallel until one
> > of them hits.
>
> [cut]
>
> >All this grief and agony because they couldn't just put all the
> >information that THE MOST COMMON USE CASES will need into a single
> >document.
>
> [tl;dr]
>
> I think you might be under a misconception about what man pages are
> FOR.
>
> From the first few lines of "man man":
>
> 	 man - an interface to the on-line reference manuals
>
> They are *reference* manuals. I believe that the point of man pages is
> to answer questions such as:
>
>  * What's the option for filtering out files: --filter or --exclude
>  * What was that weird option for doing something dangerous
>    "DoWhatIWant"... "YesIReallyMeanThis"... something like that.
>  * Can I perform this action recursively?
>
> As a result, man pages are usually little more than lists of command
> line parameters which explanations of what they do.
>
> What man pages generally DON'T cover are:
>
>  * How do I use this program for X?
>  * Why do I need this program?
>  * What the difference between this program and that program?
>  * How do I use this program with that program?
>
>  The GNU solution to that was the 'info' system. 'info' is a
> hyperlinked text format - a bit like having a web site on your
> computer. Look at the info page for grub, as an example: the
> information is grouped by topic, there's obscure things like
> limitations on the core size per platform and so on.
>
>  It's just a pity that most programs don't provide info pages.

Ditto the more intelligent yet, pinfo.

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