doc: Documentation of Elvish modules

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The doc: module provides access to the documentation of Elvish modules.

This module only supports builtin modules now, but will expand in future to cover user-defined modules too.

Function usages are given in the same format as in the reference doc for the builtin module.



doc:find $queries...

Finds symbols whose documentation contains all strings in $queries.

The search is done on a version of the documentation with no markup and soft line breaks converted to spaces. For example, if the Markdown source of a symbol contains foo *bar* [link](dest.html), with possible soft line breaks in between, it will be matched by a query of foo bar link.

The output shows each symbol that matches, followed by an excerpt of their documentation with the matched queries highlighted.


~> doc:find namespace
  Constructs a namespace from $map, using the keys as variable names and the values as their values. …
  … This command has no equivalent operation using the E: namespace (but see
  … The evaluation happens in a new, restricted namespace, whose initial set of variables can be specified by the &ns option. …
[ … more output omitted … ]
~> doc:find namespace REPL
  Defines a new variable in the interactive REPL with an initial value. …
  This is most useful for modules to modify the REPL namespace. …


doc:show $symbol &width=0

Shows documentation for $symbol in the terminal.

If $symbol starts with $, it is treated as a variable. Otherwise it is treated as a function.

Symbols in a module should be specified using a qualified name as if the module is imported without renaming, like doc:source. Symbols in the builtin module can be specified either in the unqualified form (like put) or with the explicit builtin: namespace (like builtin:put).

The &width option specifies the width to wrap the output to. If it is 0 (the default) or negative, show queries the width of the terminal and use it as the width, falling back to 80 if the query fails.


~> doc:show put
[ omitted ]
~> doc:show builtin:put
[ omitted ]
~> doc:show '$paths'
[ omitted ]
~> doc:show doc:show
[ omitted ]


doc:source $symbol

Outputs the Markdown source of the documentation for $symbol as a string value. The $symbol arguments follows the same format as doc:show.


~> doc:source put
▶ "... omitted "