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When Man Pages Go Weird standard

You may not realize that I got my start in the technology world in the early 1990s learning Unix. From my first Netcom account to my high school allowing me, A JUNIOR, to have and run a Slackware machine directly connected to the Internet. My first Linux kernel was a 1.2.8 kernel, and I vividly remember someone trolling me on IRC to fix some strange problem the best bet was to rm -rf /* as root. He got me good. Working through *nix in those days was made easier (and still is today) through Manual Pages, or manpages for short. It’s the thing that people would expect you to go do when they replied “RTFM” when you asked a question ...

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