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Errors in sysvinit man pages

From: Helge Kreutzmann
Subject: Errors in sysvinit man pages
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2020 07:36:52 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

Dear sysvinit maintainer,
the manpage-l10n project maintains a large number of translations of
man pages both from a large variety of sources (including sysvinit) as
well for a large variety of target languages.

During their work translators notice different possible issues in the
original (english) man pages. Sometimes this is a straightforward
typo, sometimes a hard to read sentence, sometimes this is a
convention not held up and sometimes we simply do not understand the

We use several distributions as sources and update regularly (at
least every 2 month). This means we are fairly recent (some
distributions like archlinux also update frequently) but might miss
the latest upstream version once in a while, so the error might be
already fixed. We apologize and ask you to close the issue immediately
if this should be the case, but given the huge volume of projects and
the very limited number of volunteers we are not able to double check
each and every issue.

Secondly we translators see the manpages in the neutral po format,
i.e. converted and harmonized, but not the original source (be it man,
groff, xml or other). So we cannot provide a true patch (where
possible), but only an approximation which you need to convert into
your source format.

Finally the issues I'm reporting have accumulated over time and are
not always discovered by me, so sometimes my description of the
problem my be a bit limited - do not hesitate to ask so we can clarify

I'm now reporting the errors for your project. If future reports
should use another channel, please let me know.

Man page: shutdown.8
Issue: fsck → B<fsck>(8)

"Skip fsck on reboot."
Man page: shutdown.8
Issue: -h → B<-h>

"Modifier to the -h flag. Halt action is to turn off the power.  Must
be used with the -h flag."
Man page: shutdown.8
Issue: -Q → B<-Q>

"Silence warnings prior to shutting down. Usually shutdown displays
warnings every 15 minutes and then every minute in the last 10 minutes of the"
"countdown until I<time> is reached. When -Q is specified shutdown only warns "
"when the shutdown process actually happens. All other warning intervals are "
Man page: shutdown.8
Issue: -P and -H → B<-P> and B<-H>

"Halt or power off after shutdown. Usually used with the -P or -H flags, "
"depending on whether we want to poweroff or simply stop the operating system."

Man page: shutdown.8
Issue 1: several: -h → B<-h>
Issue 2: -P → B<-P>

"Modifier to the -h flag.  Halt action is to halt or drop into boot monitor "
"on systems that support it.  Must be used with the -h flag.  Halting is "
"often used to run through the shutdown process and leave output on the "
"screen for debugging purposes. Or when the user wants the OS to stop, but "
"leave the power on. To power off at the end of the shutdown sequence use the "
"-P modifier instead."

      Dr. Helge Kreutzmann           
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