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Re: <application> vs <command>

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: <application> vs <command>
Date: 2001-12-05 23:09:26
Message-ID: 200112052309.fB5N9RH20099@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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> Bruce Momjian writes:
> 
> > Can someone clarify when we should use <command> and when we should use
> > <application>?  I see postmaster used with application, but psql and
> > createdb used with command.  Is this correct?
> 
> >From "DocBook: The Definitive Guide":
> 
> | Command -- The name of an executable program or other software command
> |
> | This element holds the name of an executable program or the text of a
> | command that a user enters to execute a program.
> 
> | Application -- The name of a software program
> |
> | The appelation "application" is usually reserved for larger software
> | packages--WordPerfect, for example, but not grep. In some domains,
> | Application may also apply to a piece of hardware.
> 
> One could think of psql as a separate "application", but postmaster is
> certainly a command only.
> 
> I'm not sure why, given the definition, <command> is put out in bold.
> Monospaced would make more sense to me.  <application> could be a remote
> candidate for bold.

I see both <command> and <application> SGML tags is used for the
following items in our current CVS:
		
	createdb
	cvs checkout
	ecpg
	gcc
	gzip
	initdb
	pg_dumpall
	pgtclsh
	postmaster
	ps
	psql
	sed
	ssh
	strace
	sysctl
	tcsh

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