Subject: Re: Perl man pages.
To: George Michaelson <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/03/2003 08:52:01
Re. what happens when you want to use a C++ class called DB and have that
added to the man-page system?  (Same rationale as for adding a Perl
class/package to the man system.)

Or a Python package by that name?

Programming docs are nice to have online via man.  But docs that are
only applicable to ONE programming language probably should either not
be in the man system, or else should have some identifier prefix
(perl.DB::File might be okay; then it won't conflict with any other
documentation for other languages that might use the :: dereferencer.)

Just my thought.

The other consideration is that it can make apropos spammy if you have too
many spurious matches, so it should probably be optional whether to
add those pages.

  "I probably don't know what I'm talking about."