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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.