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GNU help2man
Generates manual pages from program files

Help2man is a program that converts the output of standard --help and --version command-line arguments into a manual page automatically.

It lets developers include a manual page in their distribution without having to maintain that document. Since Texinfo is the official documentation format of the GNU project, this also provides a way to generate a placeholder man page pointing to that resource while still providing some useful information.


User guide included.

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License:GPLv3arca08 September 2012

Leaders and contributors

See the THANKS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Brendan O'Dea Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Required to usegettext
Required to useLocale_gettext Perl module

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 27 February 2016.


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