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Re: [groff] Spooky action at a distance in line adjustment...sometimes

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: Re: [groff] Spooky action at a distance in line adjustment...sometimes
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:29 -0400
User-agent: NeoMutt/20170113 (1.7.2)

At 2018-06-27T14:40:42+0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 12:39:47PM +0100, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> > Right.  That's why I have `--nj' in the MANOPT environment variable.
> > I'm surprised more distributions don't turn off justification by default
> > as most users are unaware that man(1) might have a configuration option.
> > Colin?
> Mostly conservatism, I guess.  I personally prefer full justification in
> manual pages, but probably just because I've got used to it over the
> years, and I only added the options in 2009
> (

Ah, that explains why I wasn't aware of them.  My knowledge of what
you've done with man-db mostly stops around 2006.  :-O

I prefer to have adjustment and hyphenation on when viewing man pages,
as well.  I'm used to it and they look pleasant to me.  Hyphenation
doesn't bother me unless it is done to literals that might need to be
cut and pasted.

But --nj sounds like a good thing to use when diffing the impact of my
man page changes; had I used it, it would have averted this whole


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