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Re: 1.7: missing 'rand' command
On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 12:27 AM, Lee D. Rothstein wrote:
> My bad. Thanks. Sorry. How silly of me to expect a rand(1) page to be for a
> rand command.
This is something of a quirk of the openssl doc, useful because you
can in fact set up the openssl subcommands as standalone UNIX shell
commands - e.g. "ln /usr/bin/openssl /usr/bin/rand" will create a
"rand" exectuable that behaves just like "openssl rand". There's
probably a 'make install' option in the openssl distro that does this
for all or some subset of the subcommands.
Anyway, this sort of man page quirk is not limited to openssl; it's
always a good idea to check the SYNOPSIS to see if the man page foo(X)
is actually for a command/function named "foo" or if there's something
else going on.
Mark J. Reed <email@example.com>
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