HELP(1) Commands and Applications HELP(1)
help - print ORCA help file
The ORCA/Shell expects all of its utilities to be in the directory
specified by GS/OS prefix 17. The brief descriptions for these utili-
ties (and for built-in commands) are kept in the directory 17/help, and
are printed, under the ORCA/Shell, by the built-in command help.
Because this shell built-in is not available under GNO, the help pro-
gram is used to access these description files. It is invoked in the
same manner as under ORCA/Shell, but also provides pagination.
The GNO implementation of help will only accept one program_name.
help is currently implemented as a very dumb gsh(1) script. When sh(1)
becomes available, help should be updated to accept multiple file
names, recognise the PAGER environment variable, and give cleaner diag-
nostics when program_name does not have a description file in 17/help.
The help program appeared in GNO v1.0 as an emulation of the ORCA/Shell
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