RTFM(1) User Commands RTFM(1)
rtfm - read the fscking manual
rtfm [ -index | +chapter | +page ] manual
rtfm is a means by which answers to questions can be found
without interrupting other users or other already running
rtfm can be useful to anyone needing an answer to a question
or a clarification on almost any subject. It can also be
useful to anyone who wishes to offer similar information to
others in advance of their own questions without providing
the entire text to them.
Once used, rtfm imparts knowledge upon the user based on the
manual referenced. Depending on the user's retention for
knowledge, rtfm may not be required again on that subject
for several minutes or many years.
start at the reference index to compute the proper page
start at the given chapter or page number.
The reference device to use. If no manual is given,
the process will attempt to access the default device.
If the default device contains no information or is not
found, the process will attempt to invoke a think(1)
command at the system level for clarification.
The default device. This file often loses information
over time but its rate of decay is inconsistent. The
use of rtfm often increases the store of information in
the device or reaffirms information already stored.
Failure to use rtfm over extended periods can severely
depelete the amount and length of retention.
Use of rtfm on those without a sense of humour may result in
excessive corrections to the user's mindset. To remedy such
annoyances, the use of lart(1) is strongly recommended.
rtfm(1) was first written as a response to a rather weak
Oracularity question. The author felt that this was somehow
apropos. As such, its original appearance was edited for a
rtfm(1) was originally written by D. Joseph Creighton,
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and was based on the man pages created
for the alt.sysadmin.recovery man page collection.
By Olli's man-to-html utility, Sat Jan 19 19:57:40 CET 2002.