Bug 65810 - rpm man pages out of date (no rpmdb functionality)
rpm man pages out of date (no rpmdb functionality)
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
7.2
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2002-05-31 17:43 EDT by Burt Holzman
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-05-31 17:43:36 EDT
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Description Burt Holzman 2002-05-31 17:43:30 EDT
The RPM manpages don't mention the additional functionality enabled by the
rpmdb-redhat packages:

[burt@bar ~]$ rpm -q rpm
rpm-4.0.4-7x
[burt@bar ~]$ rpm -q rpmdb-redhat
rpmdb-redhat-7.2-0.20010924

[burt@bar ~]$ rpm --help | grep redhatprovides
  --redhatprovides                 find package name that contains a provided

[burt@bar ~]$ man rpm | grep redhatprovides
[burt@bar ~]$
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2002-06-05 13:15:42 EDT
I choose not to document popt aliases like
--redhatprovides in the man page, as the
alias is configurable window dressing for
a slightly more complicated option. The other
reason for not documenting is that --redhatprovides
is a pretty feeble hack, but that's a different matter.

Yes this is somewhat confusing.
Comment 2 Burt Holzman 2002-06-11 10:23:20 EDT
Jeff,

Both of these strike me as pretty poor reasons to exclude documentation.
The end user doesn't care (or even know) about popt aliases, nor do they care
that it indeed 'feeble'.

IMHO, you should either document it in the man page or remove it altogether.
Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2002-06-11 10:31:27 EDT
OK, --redhatprovides et al is targeted for removal.

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