Searching for the ideal MAN tool

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The quantity of online documentation and viewing tools is overwhelming, with the World Wide Web, vendor-supported and local-site documentation and tools, etc. Maintaining the information and tools is equally overwhelming. However, statistics show that MAN usage far exceeds usage of other online documentation tools. But as one knows, MAN has its own problems, and at the forefront are MAN`S many inconsistencies. MAN is the standard Unix (and POSIX) tool which provides good summary information for those already familiar with a command. Well-written manual pages provide a good overall documentation. However, when a particular manual becomes too long, it becomes a ... continued below

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Herron, B.L. September 1, 1995.

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  • Herron, B.L. Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). National Energy Research Supercomputer Center

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The quantity of online documentation and viewing tools is overwhelming, with the World Wide Web, vendor-supported and local-site documentation and tools, etc. Maintaining the information and tools is equally overwhelming. However, statistics show that MAN usage far exceeds usage of other online documentation tools. But as one knows, MAN has its own problems, and at the forefront are MAN`S many inconsistencies. MAN is the standard Unix (and POSIX) tool which provides good summary information for those already familiar with a command. Well-written manual pages provide a good overall documentation. However, when a particular manual becomes too long, it becomes a cumbersome method to use for reading documentation. The paper describes MAN`s problems and the National Energy Research Supercomputer Center requirements for MAN.

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OSTI as DE96002125

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  • Cray user group meeting, Fairbanks, AK (United States), 25-29 Sep 1995

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  • Other: DE96002125
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--122199
  • Report No.: CONF-9509232--4
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 132721
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc620487

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Herron, B.L. Searching for the ideal MAN tool, article, September 1, 1995; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc620487/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.