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Re: Leader characters \a mess up a table - probably a tbl bug

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: Leader characters \a mess up a table - probably a tbl bug
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 16:39:19 +0200 (CEST)

Sorry for the late reply.

> Consider the table definition (complete document):
> .TS
> tab(@);
> lw(9.0c) l.
> address@hidden
> address@hidden
> Longer entries have less address@hidden
> .TE
> Under groff 1.18.1 on MacOS X (10.3.5), the number (1) of the first 
> line of the table is lost completely, but the second entry puts the 
> number where you'd expect.  [...]

This has been answered already: \a doesn't work directly in tables.

> [A much more complicated version of the table with the '\a' leader
> characters was used successfully in 1990 (sic) in another version of
> troff -- called eroff -- running on 386/iX.]

`eroff' is probably an extended version of roff.  groff tries to
emulate AT&T tbl as good as possible.

> I tried compiling groff 1.19, but the compilation fails fairly 
> horribly under g++ 3.4.0 (compiled by me) and under CC - 'CC (GCC) 3.3 
> 20030304 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 1495)', but differently.  If you
> need those build reports, let me know -- I'm just letting you know why 
> I was unable to verify whether the problem is still in groff v1.19.

Please send me the compilation reports.


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