Forum OpenACS Development: Re: 4.6.x Documentation; Documentation formatting
Well, personally, I rarely cut and paste shell commands without first copying them into Emacs and looking at them carefully, so having to delete the non-command lines and characters isn't a big deal to me.
Probably the simplest solution that's both easy to maintain and read is to strip out the shell prompt from command lines, and prefix all command lines with a short unique string. Then in the introduction or some appendix, provide the user with a simple command (different flavors, for shell/sed, Emacs, tclsh, etc.) to strip out all lines which are not either a shell command line, or whitespace. Alternately, leave the command lines unprefixed and prefix all non-command lines with some short unique string. I'm not sure which would be better.