JDK-6324292 : keytool -help is unhelpful
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: security-libs
  • Sub-Component: java.security
  • Affected Version: 6
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: generic
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2005-09-15
  • Updated: 2017-05-16
  • Resolved: 2009-10-09
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keytool -help prints out very long usage instructions that are more likely to intimidate users than help them. One suggestion courtesy of ###@###.### was to have "keytool -help" list only the commands (without their options) and then have a "keytool -help command" that lists the details.

In other words, something roughly like:

% keytool -help
  keytool <command> <options>

Valid commands are:
  -certreq, -list, ...

Type "keytool -help <command>" for more information about a command.
% keytool -help list
keytool -list [-v | -rfc] [-protected]
             [-alias <alias>]
             [-keystore <keystore>] [-storepass <storepass>]
             [-storetype <storetype>] [-providername <name>]
             [-providerclass <provider_class_name> [-providerarg <arg>]] ...
             [-providerpath <pathlist>]

EVALUATION http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk7/tl/jdk/rev/527ad9cbc9cf

EVALUATION nice one for starters