Explain Shell

Andy Bradford amb-plugg at bradfords.org
Fri Aug 30 17:49:38 MDT 2013


Thus said Grant Shipley on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:11:39 -0400:

> Maybe a BSD thing?

We have a winner.

Also, it's not Mac OS X per  se, as some have suggested. They might have
an option  but that's simply  because they have  BSD in some  parts. The
option comes from BSD:

http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi?query=rm&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=OpenBSD+Current&arch=i386&format=html

And, as  for explainshell.com's  usefulness, if  it doesn't  account for
somthing other than  GNU/Linux then it isn't as  useful for ``explaining
shell  commands'' and  the website  would be  more appropriately  called
explaingnushell.com.

Similarly, it doesn't handle lowercase -p:

http://www.explainshell.com/explain/rm?args=-p+%2Ftmp%2Fjunk

Which comes from Solaris.

Perhaps  the author  of  the  website has  intentions  to have  separate
sections for various *nix, so my observations may be a bit premature.

Andy
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