Question about help messages

  • jim_monte

    jim_monte - 2006-05-18


    I was planning to make notes which more
    completely describe the commands than the output
    of "help" gives.  It occurred to me that it may
    be more useful if I instead expand the messages
    provided when help is called.  So I wanted to
    know it there would be any problems with somewhat
    longer help messages.  The only drawback I could
    see is a little more memory devoted to strings.
    Thanks for any info.

    Jim Monte

    • Sean Morrison

      Sean Morrison - 2006-05-18

      Sounds like a good idea to me.  I've thought about expanding the help for each command into more of a manual page style system where there'd be a detailed information page available for each command, while retaining a shorter apropos-style one line summary.  The Quick Reference sheet I put together a few weeks ago (on the main website) is at least a start at organizing the commands, which had never happened before as well.  It's painful for new users to 'discover' how to use mged (almost intentionally so) -- several tutorials are pretty much required at this point before even basic operability is acheived.



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