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manunal page - uninterpretted dot

From: Jan Včelák
Subject: manunal page - uninterpretted dot
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:05:32 +0100
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some time ago I reported a bug about not working backslash-period at the 
beginning of the line. This was evaluated as a documentation bug.


I wanted to send a patch, but I'm really not sure what exactly should the 
documentation say.

I believe this is the most confusing part in groff(7):
> \.     An uninterpreted dot (period), even at start of line.

AFAIK the dot character is just the default control character and has a 
special meaning only at the beginning of the line. Nowhere else. If the \. 
sequence cannot be used to suppress the meaning of control character at the 
beginning of the line, it makes no sense to use this sequence at all. Am I 
right? So what about removing this line from documentation at all?


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