Tag Archives: documentation

Missing man pages on CentOS, or reason № INT_OVERFLOW why I hate CentOS/RHEL sofa king much.

I can’t remember all of find’s arcane incantations. Nobody can.

$ man find
No manual entry for find

wat. find is clearly installed, of course. man pages? nope.

Search search search. Searchity search. Horrible relevancy because what are you gonna get when you think you’re smart, do rpm -ql findutils and note that /usr/share/man/man1/find.1.gz doesn’t exist, and then start searching for how to find packages with missing files using Red Hat’s primitive yum and rpm commands.

It was only when I gave up and searched on “centos missing man pages” that I found the answer.

# yum install man-pages

Yes, seriously.

$ cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 6.5 (Final)

Released 1 December 2013. So I guess I can’t ask what fucking year it is.

Organizing institutional knowledge is high-value work. Neglect it at your peril.

I’m quite the wiki enthusiast.  I was an early editor on Wikipedia; I created several articles on really common topics, I got Featured Picture on a few photos I plucked from free sources, and so forth.  I’ve run my own wikis since 2005.  The biggest, at its prime, got a couple hundred thousand hits a month and had periods with 25-30 concurrent users; it was used by students in a classroom environment.

So, at my software development jobs, tending the wiki – or creating it, if it doesn’t yet exist – is a natural fit for me.

And at each job, I’ve heard comments which suggest that maintaining the wiki is low-value work, akin to picking vegetables or something.  Allow me to exercise that analogy a bit: people who pick vegetables feed all of us, and there are racist undertones to presuming that picking vegetables is low value work.

Here are a few paraphrased comments: Continue reading