[clug] Favourite moments in man pages

Steven Hanley sjh at svana.org
Mon Jul 27 05:32:51 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 02:54:06PM +1000, Bob Edwards wrote:
> Not actually my favourite, but one I've stumbled over several times
> in the past week (because I am old and need to refer to the same
> man page over and again... Others might resort to G00gle searching,
> but I resist emphatically...).
> from resize2fs(8) (on Debian Jessie):
>  "Note: when kilobytes is used above, I mean real, power-of-2
>   kilobytes, (i.e., 1024 bytes), which some politically correct
>   folks insist should be the stupid-sounding ``kibibytes''. The
>   same holds true for megabytes, also sometimes known as
>   ``mebibytes'', or gigabytes, as the amazingly silly ``gibibytes''.
>   Makes you want to gibber, doesn't it?"

I like that one, I can not remember some of the other entertaining (but
mostly normal) man pages out there. I know there are a few with similar sort
of commentary.

Of course for deliberately amusing man pages there are the packages


(though not in Debian stable currently for licencing reasons they can be
retrievd from wheezy or on other systems (ubuntu, etc))

	See You

> scores on http://www.online-utility.org:
> Number of characters (without spaces) : 	274.00
> Number of words : 	54.00
> Number of sentences : 	5.00
> Average number of characters per word : 	5.07
> Average number of syllables per word : 	1.81
> Average number of words per sentence: 	10.80
> Indication of the number of years of formal education that a person
> requires in order to easily understand the text on the first reading
> Gunning Fog index : 	11.73
> Approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to
> comprehend the text : 	
> Coleman Liau index : 	11.31
> Flesch Kincaid Grade level : 	10.04 	
> ARI (Automated Readability Index) : 	7.87 	
> SMOG : 	10.75 	
> Flesch Reading Ease : 	42.34
> Anyone else want to share a fav?
> Bob Edwards.
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