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[Groff] tmac.FOO vs. FOO.tmac

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [Groff] tmac.FOO vs. FOO.tmac
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 14:36:09 +0200 (CEST)

Dear friends,

I've just applied Eli's patch to load FOO.tmac if tmac.FOO isn't

Now my question: What about loading FOO.tmac first, and then trying

I see some benefits:

  .  The nasty stuff to have `tmac.gan' on some platforms would be
     obsolete since other troffs don't use `an.tmac' resp. `man.tmac',

  .  8+3 compatibility would be possible.

  .  For me it is more intuitive to have FOO.tmac -- tmac.FOO rather
     looks like a configuration file (but this is debatable of

Are there drawbacks?  I don't expect that many external packages use
groff's macro files...


PS: Later on, I will introduce an additional directory hierarchy level
    for groff's runtime files similar to e.g. emacs:


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