[ditz-talk] basic ditz manpage

Christian Garbs mitch at cgarbs.de
Sat Jul 26 06:15:42 EDT 2008

Hi there!

Because Debian packages need to have a manpage for every binary, I've
written a very basic ditz manpage.  It basically tells you to run
"ditz help" but it's better than nothing.  I don't know if it is
useful to be included to the ditz repository as the README contains
much more information.

What is the "normal" way of writing manpages in Ruby?

In Perl, you can embed your documentation directly in the code and
then run pod2man, pod2html or pod2text to extract it in the desired

I came across rdoc, but this looks like developer's documentation to
me, not something for the end user.


PS: I'm deliberately not writing a manpage for the
    ditz-convert-from-monolith binary, as it will be removed anyways :)

"However, there is no language wherein a
double positive can form a negative."
"Yeah. Right."
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ditz \- simple, light\-weight distributed issue tracker
\fBditz\fR [ \fIoptions\fR ] \fIcommand\fR [ \fIarguments\fR ]

To list all available commands, use \fBditz help\fR.  To get help for a specific command, use \fBditz help
Ditz is a simple, light\-weight distributed issue tracker designed to work with
distributed version control systems like darcs and git. Ditz maintains an issue
database directory on disk, with files written in a line\-based and human\-
editable format. This directory is kept under version control alongside
project code. Changes in issue state is handled by version control like code
change: included as part of a commit, merged with changes from other
developers, conflict\-resolved in the standard manner, etc.

Ditz provides a simple, console\-based interface for creating and updating the
issue database files, and some rudimentary HTML generation capabilities for
producing world\-readable status pages. It offers no central public method of
bug submission.
ditz was written by William Morgan <\fIwmorgan\-ditz at masanjin.net\fR>.

This manpage was written for the Debian package of ditz by Christian Garbs
<\fIdebian at cgarbs.de\fR>.
Copyright (c) 2008 William Morgan.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

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