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Bug#42054: A `man' script in the debian base system.

Package: boot-floppies
Version: 2.1.9
Severity: wishlist

A `man' script in the debian base system.

Recently a thread came up on the debian-user mailing list under the
subject `Flaming Debian Newbies', in which people reiterated the
discussion on the fact that a fresh debian base-system does not contain
the `man' command.  It is clear (to me) that the manual pages are too
bulky to put on the base floppies.  However, a lot of people who
install debian for the first time, who are familiar with some form of
unix, will be tempted to try the man command.  I think it would be a
good idea to include a script on the installation floppies called
`man', that will print a message explaining the manual pages are not
there yet, where they are, how to install them (cdrom/ftp/apt...), and
where to find other documentation (/usr/doc, dwww, www.debian.org, the
debian-user mailing list and how to subscribe).  Some people on
debian-user seemed to agree this would be useful and easy.  Martin
Bialasinski suggested to file a wishlist bug report on boot-floppies,
so here it is :)

Eric Meijer

 E.L. Meijer (tgakem@chem.tue.nl)
 Eindhoven Univ. of Technology
 Lab. for Catalysis and Inorg. Chem. (SKA)

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