[nycbug-talk] list protocol. . .

Scott Robbins scottro
Sat Feb 21 19:05:15 EST 2004

On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 06:09:32PM -0500, Marc Spitzer wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 15:45:24 -0500
> Ray <ray at cyth.net> wrote:
> > On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 02:35:15PM -0500, Dan Langille wrote:
> One thing that is being overlooked is that the BSD's man pages are good
> and accurate documents, unlike many Linux man pages, so it is actually
> useful when the proper man pages are listed.  Also a goal of this group
> is to make people more technical/self sufficient and the only way to do 
> that is to read.  Now I am not saying that we should not help them but 
> that we should help them in such a way that they will stop needing help
> eventually, hopefully pretty quickly, thats all.

There's also the point that sometimes people simply don't realize there
is a man page for something. For instance, on an irc channel, someone
asked about speeding up FreeBSD and I suggested looking at man tune--the
fellow hadn't realized there was such a man page. 

I remember thinking (and this may have in the end been added to the
official faq, I think I saw it there after awhile) commenting to a
developer friend that there were literally hundreds of people with the
problem of--gahh, I forget the error, something about dropping to PIO
mode on boot, and 9 times out of 10, this was fixed by replacing cheap
IDE cable with shielded 80 pin ATA 100 cable. Turned out my friend had
mentioned this in a man page he had written--man ata, however I'd no
idea to look for such a man page.


Scott Robbins

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