Man pages are an endangered species. Give me back my man pages!
HTML docs are nice, but not very readable on a headless server that does not run X windows. First of all, hunting down whatever weirdo directory the HTML help docs is not a fun use of time. Then reading them in a text HTML browser is an even bigger waste of time, if you even have one installed.
Info pages suck big time- GNU foundation, get over yourselves. They’re needlessly complex, difficult pains in the arse. And for gosh sakes, would it violate your rights to include a print command that formats them nicely, and lets the user choose which pages to print?
Man pages are nice because you never have to worry about where they’re located- just type “man [commandname]”. They’re all one page, so they don’t need to be navigated. “man man” tells all the man options. (Though a little more plain English and less programmer-speak would be helpful.)
man -t manpagename | lpr prints them out all nicely formatted.
The Konqueror browser is an excellent man, info, and HTML-help page reader. But man pages are still the universal help docs, and should stay that way. No matter what system you’re on you have man pages.
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