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Structure of these documents

The goal is multiple levels of detail.

  • The Introduction page is the shortest: headlines and essential summary.
  • The Getting started section is for new or near-new users who want some simple examples along with connecting narrative. The goal is to get a new user up and running, able to do some interesting things with their own data.
  • The Miller in more detail section is just-past-introductory, tell-me-more material about some of the things that make Miller unique: what file formats it handles (and how it handles them), how it relates to other tools in the Unix toolkit, and so on.
  • The FAQs and examples section is non-introductory for people looking for various ways to do things by example. The discussion is pragmatic rather than theoretical, and use-case-driven.
  • The Background section is some non-essential historical and meta material on why Miller was created.
  • The Reference section aims to answer all questions the previous sections didn't. The discussion is concept-driven, although there are still plenty of examples throughout for concreteness.
    • Main reference goes carefully through various aspects of Miller, concept by concept.
    • DSL reference focuses on the Miller programming language, again following a concept-at-a-time approach.
    • Misc. reference is aptly named, with things like build-from-source notes.
    • Documents for previous releases is not only for historical curiosity -- experience has shown that various Linux/BSD distros update their Miller versions on their own cadences, so the version on your system (as shown by mlr --version) might be best-served by its respective documentation version.
  • Lastly, new with the Miller 6 documents is a very easy-to-access Search field at the top of each page.