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Re: cut manpage is buggy

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: cut manpage is buggy
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:26:31 +0200

Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> According to Rudolf Kastl on 4/5/2007 6:33 AM:
>> Hello to you!
>> actually the cut manpage has a bug in it:
> Which is generated from 'cut --help', but that has the same problem.
>>        cut [OPTION]... [FILE]...
>> implies that it does need neither an option set nor files listed.
> Whereas POSIX lists three synopses, and later in 'cut --help' mentions
> that cut requires exactly one of -b, -c, or -f (unless you are using
> --help or --version).
> How about this for a patch:

> -Usage: %s [OPTION]... [FILE]...\n\
> +Usage: %s -b LIST [OPTION]... [FILE]...\n\
> +  or:  %s -c LIST [OPTION]... [FILE]...\n\
> +  or:  %s -f LIST [OPTION]... [FILE]...\n\

Thanks for the suggestion, but I prefer simply to remove
the brackets to indicate that an OPTION is required.

        * src/cut.c (usage): Adjust synopsis to show that an OPTION is required.
        Reported by Rudolf Kastl.

diff --git a/src/cut.c b/src/cut.c
index bf468fe..0883e72 100644
--- a/src/cut.c
+++ b/src/cut.c
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
 /* cut - remove parts of lines of files
-   Copyright (C) 1997-2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+   Copyright (C) 1997-2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
    Copyright (C) 1984 David M. Ihnat

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
@@ -186,7 +186,7 @@ usage (int status)
       printf (_("\
-Usage: %s [OPTION]... [FILE]...\n\
+Usage: %s OPTION... [FILE]...\n\
       fputs (_("\

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