Understanding "help" command description syntax - explanation needed

Larry Martell larry.martell at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 16:56:57 CET 2014


On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 7:41 AM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Ivan Evstegneev
> <webmailgroups at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> That's what I'm talking about (asking actually), where do you know it from?
>>
>>>>I know it because I've been a programmer for 39 years.
>>
>> I didn't intend to offence anyone here. Just asked a questions ^_^
>
> Don't worry about offending people.

Exactly. This is the internet - it's all about annoying people ;-)

> Even if you do annoy one or two,
> there'll be plenty of us who know to be patient :) And I don't think
> Larry was actually offended; it's just that some questions don't
> really have easy answers - imagine someone asking a great
> mathematician "But how do you KNOW that 2 + 2 is 4? Where's it written
> down?"... all he can say is "It is".

Yeah, I'm on a lot of lists and lately I've seen a lot of 'I'm not a
programmer, but I want to write code and I need someone to tell me
how." Gets to you after a while.



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