Stop worrying, help is on the way! Super friends Aramis the gnu and Adelie the penguin help a file help himself with the help command.

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    >>ROOT: Deep within the directory structure, a file is experiencing present shock!

    >>FILE: Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I need someone. Help!

    >>ROOT: Meanwhile, in the home directory…

    >>ARAMIS: Hey Adelie, what are you doing?

    >>ADELIE: [squawk]

    >>ARAMIS: You’re writing a fantastic manual! I can’t wait to read it. For what command?

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    >>ARAMIS: What? There’s no penguin command!

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    [incoming message alert]

    >>ARAMIS: It’s a message from the Kernel!

    >>KERNEL: [Squawk]

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    >>ARAMIS: Holy recursive acronym! A helpless file! To the Nautilus!

    >>FILE: When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are gone, I’m not so self-assured. Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors. Superusers! Won’t you please, please help me?

    >>ARAMIS: No. We’re here to help you help yourself.

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    >>ARAMIS: That’s right, if you teach a penguin to fish, it becomes an operating system.

    >>FILE: I’m a vegetarian.

    >>ARAMIS: That’s okay, even vegans can use the ‘help’ command.

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    >>FILE: Wow! That’s very helpful. Let me try.

    What? When I was younger I never needed anyone’s help in any way.

    >>ARAMIS: Don’t be so self-assured. ‘Beatles’ isn’t a BASH command. For a list of all built-in commands…

    >>ADELIE: [Squawk]

    >>FILE: Thank you Superusers! My life has changed in so many ways! I do appreciate you being ‘round.

    >>ROOT: The fearless Superusers had once again shown that Boolean logic triumphs over absurdity. But what new and exciting adventure lies ahead for our heroes? Don’t miss our next episode, ‘cd’ or change directory!

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