[rescue] Hark, something from the depths of the storage closet!

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at yahoo.com
Sun May 18 12:55:08 CDT 2003

--- Phil Stracchino <alaric at caerllewys.net> wrote:
> On Sun, May 18, 2003 at 12:33:21PM -0500, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> > On Sun, 18 May 2003, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> > 
> > > Personally, I find it humorous that 'true' has a built-in help
> > > system...
> > 
> > Are you talking about GNU true?  I'm just surprised that it can't
> > check or send electronic mail.
> Doesn't it spawn emacs for that?

Gnu 'true' has a command line help option ("--help") and a version
option ("--version") that can't be abbreviated... why not?

It also has a man page... as well as an "info" page, and if you set the
"POSIXLY_CORRECT" environment variable it will act like original true
and ignore command line options...

Finally, it says it was written by no one - if that is true (it was
never written), how can it be copyrighted? (wouldn't an author be


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