Re: 1) Identifying AS version? & 2) Gnome and AS?

cajun (
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 23:30:04 -0700

Thanks Andrew, very good points !  I agree totally the poster should
say, I've done this and that and still need help.  Oh yes, (for Sasha)
AND the version number.

I was unaware there was a mailing list archive !

I was NOT trying to side with nor against David nor the original poster
here.  I've seen several responses lately that got me on the subject.

Thanks !


Andrew Garrett wrote:
> At 18:00 27/04/99 , Mike  wrote:
> >I personally find it not very helpful when someone says "do a man
> >whatever".  Perhaps the poster did that and didn't understand what he
> >was reading or needed more information.  MAYBE, he doesn't know what a
> >manpage is nor how to get to it. Perhaps that was the case with the
> >original poster here.  I don't know, nor do I suspect anyone but the
> >original poster does.  On the other hand, he could just be lazy and not
> >wanted to do any research to learn how to do things for himself.
> Surely it's not too much problem to say something like "I had a look at the man
> page, and saw this section "copy and paste" which looks relevant, but I don't
> really understand it"
> In that case, the person giving (emphasis on giving here) can go straight to
> the heart of the problem *and* it gives valuable feedback to the individuals
> who write the documentation, that that particular section is less clear than it
> might be.
> I've you've read the man pages, or dejanews, or the mailinglist list archives
> (erm... speaking of which, I lack the wit to find them... are they still about
> somewhere?), then mention that in your query.
> Don't be surprised if someone points you to a *particular* manpage, or a
> particular section of a man page.
> Yeah, mailing lists are here to help.... but surely you have to give the list
> *something* to work with....
> (was that a flame?  I hope not)
> Andrew
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