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bug#2588: 23.0.90; Man buffer improperly formatted - wrong width


From: Chong Yidong
Subject: bug#2588: 23.0.90; Man buffer improperly formatted - wrong width
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2009 11:45:51 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

> We could try to fix this: I think it would actually be desirable to pop
> up the frame immediately and then asynchronously fill it as man's output
> comes in.
>
> This said, we could also just remove the COLUMNS business.
> Who introduced this COLUMNS thingy and what was the motivation for it?

This is explained in the code comments: it's required to ensure that the
output of the manpage formatter has the same number of columns as the
Emacs window/frame.






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