jesselong wrote:Debian has this policy, that almost every command should have a man page (man in short for manual, you type "man <command name>" and it shows all the help you need in one easy to read page using a pager like less).
Its GNU hip to do documentation in GNU info pages instead of man pages, so a lot of packages dont have man pages, they just have GNU info manuals. So what do Debian devs do? They create a dummy man page that points you to use the GNU info page for the command.
Problem is that GNU info requires you to remember 13 thousand 4 hundred and ninety two different key combinations to navigate, all including Ctrl - Left Meta (wtf is meta? I only got ALT) - Caps - Tab - Shift - F2 + the key hardest to reach while holding all those down (think emacs). Additionally, info pages are strictly hierarchal, so you are always presented with a type of Table of Contents only initially, and you have to navigate through the nodes to find the information you seek, but to do that, you must first learn the correct magic key combinations to activate a link (highlight, press space or enter - BAH! too easy! Think 5 finger key combination).
Good news, you can learn how to do this by reading the, wait for it, GNU info page for GNU info. Long story short, it ends with you swearing and turning to that other cherished unix tool for help - Google.
PS. Get over the plane crash, he's not talking about a real event, he's talking about a situation where you need info NOW, and you must content with GNU info.
+1 for explaining the joke.