Bug#281646: [Logcheck-devel] Bug#281646: bug in logtail regarding command line options
debian at sternwelten.at
Thu Nov 18 09:41:42 UTC 2004
tags 281646 pending
On Thu, 18 Nov 2004, john at interflora.com.au wrote:
> At 02:41 PM 18/11/2004, you wrote:
> >> I note that the -f switch is no longer in brackets on the man page,
> >> indicating that the author of the man page believes this switch to be
> >> mandatory. In previous versions, this switch was optional. I suspect
> >> the man page was wrong, and now the utility has been reimplemented to
> >> the man page, thus breaking scripts which previously worked.
> >thanks for your hint,
> >no the author is a morron when having to deal with manpages.
> Hmm, I think that I understand your self-deprecating humour here.
> >so the manpge shouldn't have brackets around the -o switch,
> >but brackets around the -f switch?
> >strange in normal life i always considered to put unimportant stuff
> >under brackets or whatever.
> The brackets on a man page syntax entry indicate that the item is optional.
> Lack of brackets indicate that the item is mandatory.
fixed in current cvs of logcheck,
logtail(8) has now the correct denotations. :)
i'll add soon a News.Debian item for logtail, so that the changed
interface gets better documanted for the upgrade path.
> This goes back to the syntax diagrams developed for Algol, which is often
> the grandfather of C. More details available in the manual ("man man").
thanks for your hints, read.
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