Subject: Re: Man page question
To: Krister Walfridsson <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/04/1999 13:18:16
Krister Walfridsson <> writes:
> The last line in the man pages contains an OS version and a date. I have
> failed to find any pattern in those lines, for example
>   ls(1)         4.4BSD                           July 29, 1994
>   ldd(1)        NetBSD                           October 22, 1993
>   colrm(1)      3rd Berkeley Distribution        June 6, 1993
>   domainname(1) 4.2 Berkeley Distribution        May 31, 1993
> Just curious what they mean...

The date is supposed to be the date of the last significant revision
of the man page.

The OS version field is really silly. I don't know *why* we keep
it. Some time I'm going to dig the right people up, talk about it with 
them, and possibly apply nuclear weapons...