[Beowulf] about 'man' Re: Users abusing screen

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 19:18:19 PDT 2011

I'm not a sysadmin, but I thought these days we were supposed to point
[end]users at "help" or "doc" instead of man? Man is like sdb, it's great
but not for everyone, you need context to appreciate it. I think in System V
type derivatives it's usually "help"?

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM, Lux, Jim (337C)
<james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov>wrote:

> On 10/21/11 9:12 AM, "Prentice Bisbal" <prentice at ias.edu> wrote:
> >
> >Ellis,
> >
> >Using nohup was exactly the advice I gave to one of my users yesterday.
> >Not sure if he'll use it. 'man' is a very difficult program to learn,
> >from what I understand.
> Well... 'man' is easy, but sometimes, you need decent examples and
> tutorials.  Just knowing what all the switches are and the format is like
> giving someone a dictionary and saying: now write me a sonnet.  This is
> especially so for the "swiss army knife" type utilities (grep, I'm looking
> at you!)
> >
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