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useless-whatis-entry

The whatis entry for this manual page (the brief description found in the NAME section) is of the form:

program - manual page for program

This conveys no information about what the program is for and is repetitive. The short description should contain brief information about what the program is for to aid in searching with apropos and similar programs.

If this manual page was generated by help2man, use the -n option to provide a more meaningful description.

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit fd97859. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check documentation/manual.

Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • manpage-has-useless-whatis-entry

The following 61 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 345 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 28 overrides. The tag performed 92% of the time.