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    Question Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    I found a couple of (minor) errors in the Bash manual.

    Go to man bash.



    1. Search for OPTIONS (right at the start of the manual).

    The option -n is missing. Although it is mentioned in a few places, it should be included in the list of options.



    2. Search for INVOCATION (near the top).

    In that section is a paragraph containing the explanation, "… it reads and executes commands from ~/.bashrc and ~/.bashrc."

    Obviously, there shouldn't be two files the same. An online manual indicates that it should be just the one



    I found this in both Ubuntu 20.04 and 21.10.

    Where can I report these so that they can be corrected?
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    Re: Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    The info from
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    man bash
    says
    Code:
    Comments and bug reports concerning this manual page  should  be  directed  to
           chet.ramey@case.edu.

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    Re: Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldos2er View Post
    Comments and bug reports concerning this manual page should be directed to…
    I didn't think of looking at the end of the Bash manual! It should have been obvious

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    Re: Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    Update: I emailed Chet Ramey, and had these two responses.

    • The start of the OPTIONS section says that all of the options in the set command can also be used. That includes -n.
    • The repeated file was introduced in Debian, which Ubuntu has inherited.

    So, that solves this missing option.

    Regarding Debian's introduced bug, do you know where I should report this?

    Thank you
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    Re: Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    To send a bug report to any package supported by Canonical, you need two things:
    1. Launchpad account https://launchpad.net/
    2. Execute in the terminal:
    Code:
    ubuntu-bug PACKAGE-NAME
    and follow the instructions.

    By doing bug reports, you are helping to make Ubuntu better.

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    Re: Where can I report Bash manual errors?

    Quote Originally Posted by ks-alexandr View Post
    ubuntu-bug PACKAGE-NAME
    Thanks. I've created the bug report. Please vote for it if you agree (the green writing at the top left).
    Last edited by Paddy Landau; April 8th, 2022 at 03:53 PM.
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