Talk:912: Manual Override

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I think that the joke here is actually that the pilot is attempting a manual override (I.E. overriding the automatic pilot and switch to manual control) by typing in 'manual override'(which is also the title, in fact), and the parser instead opens the manual under the 'manual' command for the 'override' program (as explained in this page), not that the manual is too long to be read in that specific situation (while that is a valid argument). 12:36, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Agreed. Wotpsycho (talk) 02:50, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Yup. Sounds right. 04:32, 8 June 2013 (UTC)Manan

The info page is overriding the man(ual) page as a source of information, even the name? --Qwach (talk) 23:06, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

"man override" is giving the (gnu) manual page for the override command. Yes? 06:39, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

There is no "man override" on UNIX like systems. And "GNU Info Override" brings up "bash: GNU: command not found...", while "info Override" shows up a full page off standard information, a small line at the bottom indicates that even here this page doesn't exist. Much more funny is: How to close this "Info Window"... There is no intuitive navigation on that window. CTRL+C helped. --Dgbrt (talk) 23:25, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

I always though that info was designed by people who tried vim and emacs and considered them too easy. Luckily, there are other programs for reading info pages, like pinfo. -- Hkmaly (talk) 00:23, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Anyone else feel like the comic is going a bit out of its way to make sure people get the joke? The title is the command, and the title text basically repeats the last line of the comic (albeit in the form of a command). 06:31, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

No - if you have never heard of Gnu info pages or man pages, then to have any chance of understanding the meaning the title text might help. Although I'm sure I would never have understood this completely without explain XKCD... (I hope I understand it now). As the explanation now has been changed as discussed above, and which was also asked for in the incomplete box, I have changed this explanation to complete - after having written the line about the title text - which I believe is said to the pilot, after his initial command opened the "man" page! Kynde (talk) 09:01, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Somehow this reminds me of the movie Hackers, wherein the central character refers to himself as "Crash Override"; Not that such a command exists. 08:46, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

I did some edits, but I fear this is still not smooth enough for non UNIX people. (Posted from a Linux Desktop Computer) --Dgbrt (talk) 20:48, 10 March 2014 (UTC)