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Review incorrect man-pages commit

From: Alejandro Colomar (man-pages)
Subject: Review incorrect man-pages commit
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2022 01:04:17 +0100
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Hi Branden,

Michael introduced the following commit, which is incorrect (triggers a
groff(1) error; see below).  Do you know what is intended here?
Could you please propose a fix?



LINT (groff)    tmp/lint/man7/glob.7.lint.groff.touch
troff   man7/glob.7     195      error   '\`' is not allowed in an escape name
troff   man7/glob.7     195      warning         can't find special character ''

commit 7b97eb9ff04e69eacbe34a32c1089fcf6613b5f6
Author: Michael Kerrisk <>
Date:   Thu Aug 6 22:02:25 2020 +0200

    glob.7, zic.8: Use \` rather than `

    \` produces better rendering in PDF.

    Signed-off-by: Michael Kerrisk <>

diff --git a/man7/glob.7 b/man7/glob.7
index 89569b8d9..b04ce821c 100644
--- a/man7/glob.7
+++ b/man7/glob.7
@@ -203,7 +203,7 @@ where the string between "\fI[=\fP" and "\fI=]\fP"
is any collating
 element from its equivalence class, as defined for the
 current locale.
 For example, "\fI[[=a=]]\fP" might be equivalent
-to "\fI[a\('a\(`a\(:a\(^a]\fP", that is,
+to "\fI[a\('a\(\`a\(:a\(^a]\fP", that is,
 to "\fI[a[.a-acute.][.a-grave.][.a-umlaut.][.a-circumflex.]]\fP".
 .BR sh (1),
diff --git a/man8/zic.8 b/man8/zic.8
index 940d6e814..aeca0e726 100644
--- a/man8/zic.8
+++ b/man8/zic.8
@@ -293,7 +293,7 @@ nor
 .q + .
 To allow for future extensions,
 an unquoted name should not contain characters from the set
-.q !$%&'()*,/:;<=>?@[\e]^`{|}\(ti .
+.q !$%&'()*,/:;<=>?@[\e]^\`{|}\(ti .
 Gives the first year in which the rule applies.

Alejandro Colomar
Linux man-pages comaintainer;

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