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  • /R-T-F-M/ imp. [UNIX] Acronym for `Read The Manual'. Used by gurus to brush off questions they consider trivial or annoying. Compare Don't do that, then!.
  • 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, RTM, all of which mutated from RTFM, and compare UTSL.