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Re: [Groff] Mission statement

From: Charlie Kester
Subject: Re: [Groff] Mission statement
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:01:37 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.22 (2013-10-16)

On Sun 16 Mar 2014 at 09:40:44 PDT Ralph Corderoy wrote:
Hi Charlie,

Since then there have been lots of tweaks to automate as much as
possible, but at the heart there is still a need to manually
categorize the commands.  I wish manpages would contain something that
would help with that.  The existing section numbers are next to
useless, since almost everything I'm trying to get a handle on is in
section 1.

Have you thought about using your system's package manager to get a
per-package structure?

   $ dpkg -L ed | grep '/man..*/'

Also some put each package in a section, e.g.

   $ dpkg -s ed | grep '^Section:'
   Section: editors

so if per-package was too fine a granularity you could have
per-(package-)section instead.

Interesting idea, thanks!

But my main point was to show how a browser can be used to provide some
metastructure and discoverability to what is otherwise a huge grabbag of
atomized content.

A terminal-based alternative might create a set of subdirectories for
the categories and then populate them with hard- or soft-links to the
manpages.  This structure could be browsed with a file manager like mc
or vifm.  So html'ized pages and a web browser aren't strictly
necessary.  Just convenient.

As convenient as the remotely served pages Eric describes.

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