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Re: Menu: Help -> Manuals -> Read Man Page... problem


From: Peter Breitenlohner
Subject: Re: Menu: Help -> Manuals -> Read Man Page... problem
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:52:31 +0100 (CET)

On Wed, 17 Mar 2004, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

> Thanks for the report.

Hi Eli,

thanks for your quick response.

> IIRC, Emacs 21.3 was released before Groff 1.18, so you cannot expect
> it to support this feature.

That's not entirely true. Groff-1.18.tar.gz from the ftp server is dated
"08 Oct 2002" and we use that version since 27 Nov 2002. On the other hand
emacs-21.3.tar.gz from the ftp server is dated "19 Mar 2003". But I agree
that there probably wasn't much time to detect the problem.

> Current Emacs development sources already set GROFF_NO_SGR=1 when they
> run `man'.

Good to know (in particular since man is somewhat disfavoured by FSF).

Is this built into the emacs binary or just in the one place I found:
line 61 of emacs-21.3/lisp/gnus/gnus-uu.el?
And would it suffice to modify that file
        '"groff -mandoc -Tascii %s' => '"GROFF_NO_SGR=1 groff -mandoc -Tascii 
%s'
(and of course recompile gnus-uu.elc)?

I certainly want to fix this little problem before we get emacs-21.4

regards
Peter Breitenlohner <address@hidden>




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