What does RTFM mean in Software?

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What does RTFM mean?

RTFM is an initialism for the expression "Read The Fucking Manual" or, in the context of a Unix environment, "Read The Fucking Man page". The RTFM instruction is sometimes given in response to a question when the person being asked believes that the question could be easily answered by reading the relevant user's manual or instructions. In expurgated texts, substitutions such as "read the flaming manual" or "read the friendly manual" are used. Initialisms similar to RTFM include GIYF and LMGTFY. These indicate that the item under question can easily be researched on the World Wide Web. Many alternative expansions for "RTFM" exist, as do many similarly themed alternative initialisms.

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