Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 736772
RFE: authconfig man page is incomplete
Last modified: 2012-08-07 15:07:38 EDT
The authconfig man page states:
"The list of options mentioned here in the manual page is not exhaustive, please refer to authconfig --help for the complete list of the options."
The documentation would be much more helpful if it were complete and had a standard "OPTIONS" section as seems to be standard practice.
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #698374 +++
The authconfig man page does not have any information about the --enablemkhomedir option.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-09-08 04:30:22 EDT ---
It is described in the authconfig --help output. The man page clearly states that it does not describe all the options of authconfig.
I will apply patches that improve the manual page if you provide them.
Created attachment 522173 [details]
patch adding an OPTIONS section to the man page
I am attaching a patch that adds an OPTIONS section to the man page. The text comes from the output of `/usr/sbin/authconfig --help`. I will also attach a simple script that I used to create this in case any changes need to be made.
Created attachment 522174 [details]
runs /usr/sbin/authconfig.py and converts its output to the man page format
I hoped for some value-added documentation. What's the point of duplicating exactly the same information at two places with the additional need to keep the two places in sync?
This is a starting point, and I can think of a number of reasons that this is an improvement:
1) Man pages get mirrored online, so they show up in searches.
2) All of the documentation is in one place (specific options can be read alongside the rest of the man page).
3) It gives a place to add more extensive information for each option in an organized way.
4) A lot of the information in the DESCRIPTION section can be moved down into the OPTIONS section.
Anyway, value-added information can't be added for each option until there's at least a structure in place for it. The OPTIONS section is the standard way to do that.
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