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Re: <application> vs <command>

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: <application> vs <command>
Date: 2001-11-30 18:13:05
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.30.0111292149190.609-100000@peter.localdomain (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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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.

Peter Eisentraut   peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net

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