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Info vs. man of true
Info vs. man of true
Wed, 7 May 2003 17:41:56 +0300 (IDT)
On my system, (RH 7.3), I have a man page for true which directs me to the
updated info page. On the other hand, the info page claims that true does
not respond to --help and to --version, but it does (as the man page
In short, the info is supposed to be more relevant, but actually the man
I hereby bring the man and info from my system. If you fixed this in a
later version, I am sorry to disturb you.
address@hidden ~]$ uname -a
Linux granada 2.4.20 #1 Fri Apr 18 10:02:47 IDT 2003 i686 unknown
TRUE(1) FSF TRUE(1)
true - do nothing, successfully
true [ignored command line arguments]
Exit with a status code indicating success.
These option names may not be abbreviated.
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Written by no one.
Report bugs to <address@hidden>.
Copyright (C) 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying condi-
tions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY
or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
The full documentation for true is maintained as a Texinfo
manual. If the info and true programs are properly
installed at your site, the command
should give you access to the complete manual.
GNU sh-utils 2.0.11 April 2002 TRUE(1)
File: sh-utils.info, Node: true invocation, Next: test invocation,
Prev: fal\se invocation, Up: Conditions
`true': Do nothing, successfully
`true' does nothing except return an exit status of 0, meaning
"success". It can be used as a place holder in shell scripts where a
successful command is needed, although the shell built-in command `:'
(colon) does the same thing faster.
`true' ignores _all_ command line arguments, even `--help' and
`--version', since to do otherwise would change expected behavior that
some programmers may be relying on.
This version of `true' is implemented as a C program, and is thus
more secure and faster than a shell script implementation, and may
safely be used as a dummy shell for the purpose of disabling accounts.
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- Info vs. man of true,
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