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  1. RTFM

    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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. RTFM

    [Unix] Abbreviation for ‘Read The Fucking Manual’. 1. Used by gurus to brush off questions they consider trivial or annoying. Compare Don't do that then!. 2. Used when reporting a problem to indicate that you aren't just asking out of randomness. “No, I can't figure out how to interface Unix to my toaster, and yes, I have RTFM.” Unlike sense 1, this use is considered polite. See also FM, RTFAQ, RTFB, RTFS, STFW, RTM, all of which mutated from RTFM, and compare UTSL.

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