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Be more explicit about which environments lack which help options (Ep. 2) #1082

timspainUCL opened this issue Jan 14, 2020 · 1 comment


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@timspainUCL timspainUCL commented Jan 14, 2020

In the section Getting Help of Navigating Files and Directories, there is a note that some environments lack one or other of the ls help options.
I think this should be more explicit, for example mentioning that MacOS lacks the --help option and that Windows git bash has no man pages. When I last taught this lesson, it tripped up the flow of the lesson, with me not realising MacOS lacked --help whilst live coding and questions from some of the learners using git bash.


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@gcapes gcapes commented Jan 23, 2020

Thanks for raising this issue. There has been lots of discussion about how to deal with differences in Bash implementations, trying to balance giving information which will help learners without overloading the lesson with notes on exceptions. See #798.
As such I think a brief note to this effect would be useful.

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