[Bug 2904] New: ssh-keygen -m is accepted also for key generation

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            Bug ID: 2904
           Summary: ssh-keygen -m is accepted also for key generation
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: 7.7p1
          Hardware: Other
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P5
         Component: Documentation
          Assignee: unassigned-bugs at mindrot.org
          Reporter: jjelen at redhat.com

Then -m switch was used only for the key import and export, but for
some time, it can be also used for key generation. This is important
mostly after the key format change to OpenSSH when one needs a
interoperability with tools not supporting this format.

 * Add the -m to the first synopsis line:

    ssh-keygen [-q] [-m key_format] [-b bits] [-t dsa | ecdsa | ed25519
| rsa] [-N new_passphrase] [-C comment] [-f output_keyfile]

 * Change the description of the -m option to

    Specify a key format for the -i (import), -e (export) conversion
options or -m (key generation) option.

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