Re: Debian glossary?
- Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:44:56 -0400
- From: Greg Wooledge <wooledg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Debian glossary?
On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 10:37:22AM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> The recommendation to get the full story via info/pinfo is a
> running joke
This is specific to the GNU project. They're pushing their "info" reader
and their "texinfo" documentation format for their own political reasons.
(To be honest, the *roff format used by man pages *does* suck. But still.)
> as those files appear to be made by just copying the man
> page into the info format.
That's untrue. Compare a GNU info page to the same tool's GNU man page
and you will see a huge difference.
wooledg:~$ man ls | wc
233 911 7823
wooledg:~$ info coreutils ls | wc
835 4551 34791
In this example, the info page is about 4 times as large as the man page.