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Re: 06-config-man-pages.patch

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: 06-config-man-pages.patch
Date: 06 Dec 2000 11:17:54 +0100
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>>>>> "Ben" == Ben Elliston <address@hidden> writes:

Ben> I don't agree with the long usage message.  

Which means that your package will never be self contained.  I'll
enrich the man page in Autoconf, but Config in itself will not be

Ben> To answer your question, Joe User should never be running
Ben> config.guess directly -- it's a script used by developers (and
Ben> often, when using Autoconf, developers don't even need to know
Ben> how it works).

I sure agree.  But that's no reason not to document.  Documentation is
not useful in itself, it's useful as a potential.  I agree most users
will see no difference between a detailed config.guess and a non
detailed one, but the day someone has a ./configure which fails
because config.guess failed (and configure does denunciate
config.guess, so the user does not need to know beforehand), the guy
with a detailed --help will certainly feel more comfortable than the
other one.

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