[GRASS5] [bug #1434] (grass) the *.in.* man pages don't mention the file extensions they deal with

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Wed Nov 20 03:41:28 EST 2002

this bug's URL: http://intevation.de/rt/webrt?serial_num=1434

The various *.in.* man pages should mention what file extensions they
deal with.

For instance
$ man v.in.arc
does not mention up front that it deals with file.ABC or file.EFG

It says 
The v.in.arc program will convert
       vector  data  in  ARC/INFO's  "Generate" format to GRASS's
       vector file format, and bring it into the  user's  current
       GRASS  mapset.

Hmm, those files maybe are called file.GEN or file.ARC: who knows. The
man page assumes one knows.

$ man v.in.shape|grep -i shp
is another example showing that the author doesn't think it is
necessary to mention the extensions of files the command deals with,
as the user certainly has years of GIS background.

Oh, the shp file apparently has more to do with r.in.shape ... ok,
wish the v.in.shape man page would mention that.

Mainly all *.in.shape man pages should mention all the things you
might want to do with all the different file extensions one might

BTW on the man page it says
       r.in.shape   creates   ASCII   file  first  and  then  run

you better say "runs" or else we think we should run it ourselves. 

By the way, the s.in.shape man page says
       Grass files created have the name extracted from the base
       name of the shapefile.

i.e. s.in.shape doesn't accept a out= parameter, whereas r.in.shape
and v.in.shape wont work without one!

also error messages arent informative:
$ s.in.shape /var/tmp/ec5212NW/EC5212NW    
ERROR: Unable to process shapefile - Aborting.
http://jidanni.org/ Taiwan(04)25854780

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