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Re: [Groff] .if !dTS - GNU extension?

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] .if !dTS - GNU extension?
Date: Mon, 02 May 2016 12:05:43 +0100

Hi Ingo,

> > I don't want to replace the man utility, or groff as manpage
> > formatter for everything.  (groff.7 and groff_ms.7 are two examples
> > of files mandoc can't render.)
> The best way to deal with that is to make your packaging system
> install manual pages that use some of the more arcane groff extensions
> not supported by mandoc, or some gory low-level roff(7) not supported
> by mandoc, as preformatted files rather than as source code.

In the manner of `catman'?  That's been redundant since terminals varied
in their number of columns?

> Not useful at all.  First, it cannot be done because you don't know
> the user's terminal width at database build time, so you don't know
> output line numbers [for the tag file].

The tag file only uses line numbers?  It could specify the text from the
start of the line for a bit, tag files can find the Nth occurrence of a
pattern, e.g.

    abc     foo     /^abc/;/

Cheers, Ralph.

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