Subject: Re: standards/33035: Lack of documentation
To: kernelpanicked <>
From: Dave Huang <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 03/09/2006 15:32:12
On Thu, Mar 09, 2006 at 02:06:32PM -0600, kernelpanicked wrote:
> Sorry, that is a completely lame cop out. Yes, man pages are great but they 
> are not a replacement for good documentation. Any UNIX system should come 
> with all the needed documentation to learn how to use it, as well as the 
> tools needed to read the documentation.

What documentation specifically are you looking for? You mention that
only about four programs are documented in /usr/share/doc. Well,
that's because man pages are the main documentation for the
programs--if you're looking for documentation on the programs that
come with NetBSD, the man pages are where you should look first. I
don't see "look at the man pages" as a cop-out at all. man pages
aren't a replacement for good documentation, they _are_ good

And as an aside, /usr/share/doc has info on more than just four

You also mention web-based documentation... what specifically are you
talking about? There's certainly plenty of unofficial how-to type
documentation on the web written by random NetBSD users, but I don't
see why that should be included with NetBSD.
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