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Re: man integration with tramp

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Re: man integration with tramp
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:58:16 +0200
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Ergus <spacibba@aol.com> writes:

> Hi:

Hi Ergus,

> Do we have any functionality to support man in tramp mode to access man
> pages in the remote node?
> The actual implementation of man has call-process so I suppose we
> don't. But it doesn't seems too complex to do.
> Suggestions?
> Should we add a different command, a configuration option or you think
> it is not a good idea? Is there anything special to take into account
> and I am ignoring so far?

I think it is a good idea. Sometimes, I felt such a need as well. But it
was so rare, that it didn't kick me enough to run.

I see two possibilities to achieve this goal.

- Adapt man.el. Likely, it just needs a prefix argument for `man' and
  related commands. This would control to call the remote counterparts of
  `call-process' and `start-process', resulting man pages from a remote
  host. A proper managemnt of $MANPATH for different hosts is also

- Configure woman.el. Likely, we don't need to touch the code; just
  instructions are needed how to set `woman-manpath', `woman-path' and
  friends for remote hosts. Maybe we must enable connection-local
  variables in woman.el (this would be a code change, but a small one).

Personally, I prefer the second option, but I haven't digged deeper for
possible problems.


> Best
> Ergus

Best regards, Michael.

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