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Re: Removing the manpage requirement for GUI programs?

Yves-Alexis Perez <corsac@debian.org> writes:

> On 28/02/2010 01:32, Ben Finney wrote:
> > If manpages were useful only for documenting command-line options,
> > this would be a valid point. As has been pointed out, though,
> > manpages for programs are useful for much more than that.
> But that's why he doesn't propose to forbid manpages for GUI programs,
> just to not have them mandatory (well, agreed, it's a “should”). For
> programs where there's no point in having a manpage (and only them) he
> proposes to drop the “should” requirement, that's all.

It's already been pointed out that good manpages are plenty useful for
those programs in the proposed exclusion class. The “should” applies
equally well to those programs too.

Sure, some programs don't have good manpages. But that's because the
manpages are not well maintained; it's not because the program belongs
to some special class that makes manpages useless.

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Ben Finney

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