Understanding "help" command description syntax - explanation needed

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Thu Nov 6 05:05:02 CET 2014


On Wednesday 05 November 2014 21:52:42 Mark Lawrence did opine
And Gene did reply:
> On 06/11/2014 02:37, Dave Angel wrote:
> > Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> Wrote in message:
> >> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:56 AM, Larry Martell 
<larry.martell at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>> 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.
> >> 
> >> Too true. Those same people are unlikely to go to a gathering of
> >> civil engineers and say "I'm no expert, but I want to build a
> >> bridge and I need someone to tell me how", yet somehow it's
> >> expected to be possible with software.
> >> 
> >> ChrisA
> > 
> > Or I'm no expert but I need someone to show me how; build me one
> > 
> >   here in my front yard.
> 
> Against a requirements specification that changes on a daily basis, I
> want it delivered yesterday and no you can't have any more resources to
> help out, so don't ask :)
With, or without a toll booth and operator?

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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