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man pages are frequently wrong
Authored by: magill on Jun 27, '02 04:51:34AM

This is yet another case where the OS X man page bares no relationship to reality.

Believing the man pages in ANY Unix is a dangerous thing. They are simply intended as "refreshers" for information that you already know... are usually only ever written once; and are virtually never updated.

In general, if the program adheres to standard Unix conventions,
"<command> -h" will give you a list of the command's syntax. Frequently, however, you simply need to give it any bad (or unexpected) parameter and it will disgorge the same information.



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