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Re: [PATCH v3] NULL.3const: Add documentation for NULL

From: Alejandro Colomar
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] NULL.3const: Add documentation for NULL
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 01:28:31 +0200
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Hi Ingo,

On 7/27/22 15:11, Alejandro Colomar wrote:

That should be ".SH STANDARDS".

We use CONFORMING TO in Linux.  Don't know why; just history, I guess.
See man-pages(7).


I failed to find a single instance of "CONFORMING TO" in AT&T UNIX
(including v6, PWB, v7, 32v, v8, v10, System III, SVR1, SVR2) nor in
any version of UCB CSRG BSD.  So considering that System V and BSD are
widely considered the two main original branches of the development
of Unix-like operating systems and Linux is often considered to have
drawn inspiration from both, the section name "CONFORMING TO" does
not appear to be a UNIX thing.  For example, Aeleen Frisch, "Essential
System Administration", O'Reilly, Cambridge 1995, considers Linux
as slightly more influenced by 4.3BSD than by System V Release 3.

STANDARDS, on the other hand, is present since 4.3BSD-Reno (June 1990).

4.3BSD-Reno predates the first version of the Linux kernel by more than
a year, and the first Linux manual pages probably for longer than that.

So i have no idea where "CONFORMING TO" may have come from.

I don't like the idea of being inconsistent with other Unix systems with no good reason.  's/CONFORMING TO/STANDARDS/' might happen some day; just saying.

I've already changed that. I didn't yet push to <>. The patch is in my server, for you to check: <>. It didn't fit in an email (the mailing list is limited to 100KB).

I'll probably push tomorrow.



Alejandro Colomar

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