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Re: [Groff] man pages (tangential to Future Redux)

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: [Groff] man pages (tangential to Future Redux)
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:55:33 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Colin Watson <address@hidden>:
> Right.  I implemented Eric's $BROWSER spec in 2001, but I think that's
> the only idea of his in man-db at the moment.  The change Eric's
> referring to is in the other Linux man package as of version 1.6; but as
> you say the BSDs use their own things, and as of earlier this year the
> only major Linux distributions I could find using man rather than man-db
> were Mageia and Slackware.  I may have missed a few, but "all Linux
> distributions" is certainly not close to accurate.

I was unaware of this.  Thanks for the correction.

> Regardless of my feelings on whether it should be used by default, I'd
> like to at least have this as an option in man-db on general feature
> parity grounds.  Eric, do you want me to put together a patch at some
> point, or will you?

Please do it.  I'm up to my ass in alligators trying to get the Emacs
repo conversion finished.  Not helped by the fact that the reposurgeon
scipt takes more than 10 hours to run each time...
                <a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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