Linked by David Adams on Fri 5th Aug 2011 16:08 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces A couple of days ago I read a blog post by Stephen Ramsay, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. In it, he mentions that he has all but abandoned the GUI and finds the command line to be "faster, easier to understand, easier to integrate, more scalable, more portable, more sustainable, more consistent, and many, many times more flexible than even the most well-thought-out graphical apps." I found this very thought-provoking, because, like Ramsay, I spend a lot of time thinking about "The Future of Computing," and I think that the CLI, an interface from the past, might have a place in the interface of the future.
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rcsteiner
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2005-07-12


If I know a command, I can learn more about it via its man page. But I can't readily do "man commands" to get list and short summary of all the commands on the system. This could be done, it's just not.

How about using the "apropos" command? Or man -k?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apropos_%28Unix%29

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