Help: No page about command line options

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9 years ago
9 years ago

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(Reporter: cs-rechner, Unassigned)

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Description

9 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.9.1.4) Gecko/20091017 SeaMonkey/2.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.9.1.4) Gecko/20091017 SeaMonkey/2.0

SM2 has no page with possible command line options.


Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open help
2. search for command or "Eingabeaufforderung"

Actual Results:  
"Kein passendes Thema gefunden"
(no relevant topic found)

Expected Results:  
a page with all possible command line options

Im using a german SM 2.0. Unsure if this problem also exists in the english version
> Unsure if this problem also exists in the english version

It does.

Actually, you could do
  seamonkey -h
at the commandline to get the commandline switch help, which probably would be the first thing to try in this case anyway?
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Comment 2

9 years ago
Neither -h -? --help /h or /? /help works.
BTW: With seamonkey.exe -h|more it works. Yes, it should also work without |more.

Updated

9 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: x86 → All
Version: unspecified → Trunk

Comment 4

9 years ago
I'm unsure if we want to do this since the idea with help is to focus on the ui.
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Comment 5

9 years ago
(In reply to comment #4)
> I'm unsure if we want to do this since the idea with help is to focus on the
> ui.

What are the reasons for UI documentation only in the help? In which way would adding command line parameters harm?
First place to look for documentation is the one which comes with the programm,  so there should definitly be some docu about this. In Linux we have man pages in addition to the program internal help. So may be this is an alternativ? For Windows a readme link in the startmenu could do the job.
(I'm on windows at the moment so i haven't checked any man pages yet)

(In reply to comment #3)
> BTW: With seamonkey.exe -h|more it works. Yes, it should also work without
> |more.
Oh, thanks. But the -h option is incomplete. At least im missing -install-global-extension option as explaned here:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Installing_extensions#Global_installation
And should we fill a bugreport about this |more thing?
(In reply to comment #4)
> I'm unsure if we want to do this since the idea with help is to focus on the
> ui.

Well, it won't hurt and will be helpful - especially Windows users frequently want to create custom Icons for e.g. Mail and don't know what to enter in the dialogs. Those people for sure don't (want to) know how to get help from on command line.

(In reply to comment #5)
> Oh, thanks. But the -h option is incomplete. At least im missing
> -install-global-extension option as explaned here:
> http://kb.mozillazine.org/Installing_extensions#Global_installation

That needs another bug to be filed (if there isn't one already).

> And should we fill a bugreport about this |more thing?

It's old. It's known. It's bug 26761.
Sadly, that bug got duped to bug 355889, which got resolved as incomplete?!
I'm reopening that one, let's see what comes up there.
(In reply to comment #6)
> (In reply to comment #4)
> > I'm unsure if we want to do this since the idea with help is to focus on the
> > ui.
> 
> Well, it won't hurt and will be helpful - especially Windows users frequently
> want to create custom Icons for e.g. Mail and don't know what to enter in the
> dialogs. Those people for sure don't (want to) know how to get help from on
> command line.

I agree that the command line is something that is quite alien to Windows users. We should probably list at least those common command line options that are likely to be used in either shortcuts/icons or other applications (e.g. to let SM handle writing email), so basically those that trigger UI rather than console output. See the link at the end of this comment for a (comprehensive?) list.

> (In reply to comment #5)
> > Oh, thanks. But the -h option is incomplete. At least im missing
> > -install-global-extension option as explaned here:
> > http://kb.mozillazine.org/Installing_extensions#Global_installation
> 
> That needs another bug to be filed (if there isn't one already).

There's no point since it won't be in SM 2.1 which will be based on Gecko 1.9.3:

<https://developer.mozilla.org/En/Command_Line_Options>
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