rtfm [ -p ] [ -h ] [ -d option ] [ -i interval ] [ -a action ] [ -q
rtfm is a command for system administrators to use in dealing with new
users. rtfm is useful for dealing with users having trouble with their
pictures downloaded from alt.binaries.pictures.erotica. rtfm will con-
tinue to run until killed by hand, using `kill processid'. rtfm can be
invoked by anyone who has enough of a clue to know what a man page is.
-p Give the answer in a polite fashion.
-h Tell the clueless luser to go to hell. Used with the -p option,
they'll look forward to the trip.
Debug mode using option where option is one of the following:
query Ask the luser what part of rtfm that he or she does not
planet Ask what planet the luser is from.
literacy Ask the luser if the luser can read.
english Ask the luser if the luser understands English.
Mac Ask the luser if the luser has ever used a computer other
than a Macintosh.
Nintendo Same as the Mac option, but slightly more harsh.
Enable within interval seconds. interval is the time between a
luser asking the same damn fool question. This option must be
activated for the -a option. It stores the time of the question
in /var/run/luser and checks that file each time that rtfm is
activated. interval is a number of minutes, of the form xxx.xx
where each x is a decimal digit. The default is 5.00 minutes.
This defines some action to be taken in the event that the -i
flag condition is met. action can be defined either at the flag
level or by a file. The options for flags are as follows:
scream Let out a scream of utter frustration.
hair Rip out your hair in total frustration.
rm Automatic command ran in lusers home directory. It can have
he be struck down by the wrath of God.
Query file /etc/luser to see if luser is a real luser or a first
rtfm only checks /var/run/luser when the -a option is specified and
after the -i option is invoked. Otherwise /tmp would fill up rapidly on
many systems. Also, core may dump if the -a FILE= option is anatomi-
GNU Utilities July 27, 1997 RTFM(1)
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