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[groff] 01/35: src/roff/groff/groff.cpp: Revise usage message.

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: [groff] 01/35: src/roff/groff/groff.cpp: Revise usage message.
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:26:27 -0400 (EDT)

gbranden pushed a commit to branch master
in repository groff.

commit 58d2c8f76ff9714522b0783f78ba35a4f50a3887
Author: G. Branden Robinson <>
AuthorDate: Thu Jun 16 07:35:57 2022 -0500

    src/roff/groff/groff.cpp: Revise usage message.
    * src/roff/groff/groff.cpp (help): Revise usage message for
      expressiveness and clarity.
 ChangeLog                |  8 +++++++-
 src/roff/groff/groff.cpp | 24 ++++++++++++------------
 2 files changed, 19 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)

diff --git a/ChangeLog b/ChangeLog
index 22415226..d5cc7fe8 100644
--- a/ChangeLog
+++ b/ChangeLog
@@ -1,3 +1,8 @@
+2022-06-16  G. Branden Robinson <>
+       * src/roff/groff/groff.cpp (help): Revise usage message for
+       expressiveness and clarity.
 2022-06-10  Deri James  <>
        [gropdf]: Correct display of pathnames used.
@@ -16,7 +21,8 @@
 2022-06-19  Ingo Schwarze <>
-       * font/devpdf/ Always build PDF font description files.
+       * font/devpdf/ Always build PDF font description
+       files.
        Build font/devpdf/download and the various TR, TB, CR etc.
        files in the same directory even when they are not required
diff --git a/src/roff/groff/groff.cpp b/src/roff/groff/groff.cpp
index c4c7b98a..d046f9d3 100644
--- a/src/roff/groff/groff.cpp
+++ b/src/roff/groff/groff.cpp
@@ -799,11 +799,11 @@ void help()
 "-a\tproduce approximate description of output\n"
-"-b\tprint backtraces with errors or warnings\n"
-"-c\tdisable color output\n"
-"-C\tenable compatibility mode\n"
-"-d CS\tdefine one-character string name C as string S\n"
-"-d NAME=STRING\n\tdefine string NAME as STRING\n"
+"-b\treport backtraces with errors or warnings\n"
+"-c\tstart with color output disabled\n"
+"-C\tstart with AT&T troff compatibility mode enabled\n"
+"-d ST\tstore text T to string S (one character)\n"
+"-d STRING=TEXT\n\tstore TEXT to string STRING\n"
 "-D ENC\tfall back to ENC as default input encoding; implies -k\n"
 "-e\tpreprocess with eqn\n"
 "-E\tsuppress error diagnostics; implies -Ww\n"
@@ -818,8 +818,8 @@ void help()
 // "-J\tpreprocess with gideal\n"
 "-k\tpreprocess with preconv\n"
 "-K ENC\tuse ENC as input encoding; implies -k\n"
-"-l\tspool the output\n"
-"-L ARG\tpass ARG to the print spooler\n"
+"-l\tsend postprocessed output to print spooler\n"
+"-L ARG\tpass ARG to print spooler\n"
 "-m NAME\tread macro file NAME.tmac\n"
 "-M DIR\tsearch DIR for macro files\n"
 "-N\tdon't allow newlines within eqn delimiters\n"
@@ -827,21 +827,21 @@ void help()
 "-o LIST\toutput only page in LIST (\"1\"; \"2,4\"; \"3,7-11\")\n"
 "-p\tpreprocess with pic\n"
 "-P ARG\tpass ARG to the postprocessor\n"
-"-r CN\tdefine one-character register name C as numeric expression N\n"
-"-r REG=EXPR\n\tdefine register REG as numeric expression EXPR\n"
+"-r CN\tstore numeric expression N in register C (one character)\n"
+"-r REG=EXPR\n\tstore numeric expression EXPR in register REG\n"
 "-R\tpreprocess with refer\n"
 "-s\tpreprocess with soelim\n"
-"-S\tenable safer mode (the default)\n"
+"-S\tenable safer mode (default)\n"
 "-t\tpreprocess with tbl\n"
 "-T DEV\tprepare output for device DEV\n"
-"-U\tenable unsafe mode\n"
+"-U\taccept unsafe input (disable safer mode)\n"
 "-v\toutput version information and pass -v to commands to be run\n"
 "-V\twrite commands to standard output instead of running them\n"
 "-w NAME\tenable warning type NAME\n"
 "-W NAME\tinhibit warning type NAME\n"
 "-X\trun gxditview previewer instead of normal postprocessor\n"
 "-z\tsuppress formatted output\n"
-"-Z\tdon't postprocess\n"
+"-Z\tdo not run postprocessor\n"
 "See groff(1) for details.\n",

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