Bug 45186 - contradictory documentation for pkcon
Summary: contradictory documentation for pkcon
Alias: None
Product: PackageKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: General (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Richard Hughes
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Reported: 2012-01-24 09:52 UTC by Christopher Yeleighton
Modified: 2018-08-21 15:53 UTC (History)
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Description Christopher Yeleighton 2012-01-24 09:52:16 UTC
{ man pkcon; }

: pkcon [search] [debug install] [remove]

That means that you can pass up to three keywords, all optional, in fixed order.

So let’s try then:

{ pkcon; }

  pkcon [OPTION...] PackageKit Console Program

PackageKit Console Interface

  search [name|details|group|file] [data]
  install [packages]
  install-local [files]
  download [directory] [packages]
  install-sig [type] [key_id] [package_id]
  remove [package]
  update <package>
  refresh [--force]
  resolve [package]
  get-depends [package]
  get-requires [package]
  get-details [package]
  get-files [package]
  get-update-detail [package]
  repo-enable [repo_id]
  repo-disable [repo_id]
  repo-set-data [repo_id] [parameter] [value];
  what-provides [search]

Help Options:
  -?, --help               Show help options
  --help-all               Show all help options

Application Options:
  --version                Show the program version and exit
  --filter                 Set the filter, e.g. installed
  --root                   Set the install root, e.g. '/' or '/mnt/ltsp'
  -n, --nowait             Exit without waiting for actions to complete
  -y, --noninteractive     Install the packages without asking for confirmation
  --background             Run the command using idle network bandwidth and also using less power
  -p, --plain              Print to screen a machine readable output, rather than using animated widgets
  -c, --cache-age          The maximum metadata cache age. Use -1 for 'never'.
  -h, --help               Show help options.
  -v, --verbose            Show debugging information for all files

Clearly, both descriptions cannot be correct at the same time.
Comment 1 Christopher Yeleighton 2012-01-24 11:17:06 UTC
I tried { help2man pkcon; } but the help text is incompatible with help2man.

Besides, the usage string is no good: 

: pkcon [OPTION...] PackageKit Console Program

means "PackageKit Console Program" are required arguments.
Comment 2 Richard Hughes 2012-01-25 01:29:31 UTC
I'm not sure what to put there. A patch would be very much appreciated! :)
Comment 3 Christopher Yeleighton 2012-01-25 02:07:16 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> I'm not sure what to put there. A patch would be very much appreciated! :)

Let’s start with fixing the Usage string.

How about the following start?

pkcon - PackageKit Command Line Utility
Usage: pkcon [$OPTION ...] $SUBCOMMAND

If we agree to this, maybe I could fix the layout so that help2man would produce something that actually makes sense.
Comment 4 Richard Hughes 2018-08-21 15:53:10 UTC
We moved the upstream bugtracker to GitHub a long time ago. If this issue still affects you please re-create the issue here: https://github.com/hughsie/PackageKit/issues
Sorry for the impersonal message, and fingers crossed your issue no longer happens. Thanks.

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