Subject: misc/10893: misuse of comprise in man pages
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Date: 08/24/2000 10:42:29
>Synopsis: misuse of comprise in man pages
>Arrival-Date: Thu Aug 24 10:43:00 PDT 2000
>Originator: Jim Bernard
>Release: August 14, 2000
System: NetBSD knox 1.5E NetBSD 1.5E (KNOX-$Revision: 1.11 $) #0: Mon Aug 14 12:04:47 MDT 2000 jbernard@knox:/fh/usr/tmp/compile/sys/arch/sparc/compile/KNOX sparc
The whole comprises its parts (a decent synonym is contains), rather
than being comprised of them. There are several man pages that
misuse the word (mostly using comprised as a synonym for composed):
sparc/openprom.4 (two places)
And badsect.8 contains a badly worded sentence that uses comprise
in the correct sense.
find /usr/share/man/man* -type f -print | xargs grep -i comprised
hexdump.1: s/comprised of/containing/
rmp.4: s/is currently comprised/currently consists/
openprom.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/ [two places]
atalk.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/
inet.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/
inet6.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/
netintro.4: s/is normally comprised of/normally comprises/
networking.4: s/is normally comprised of/normally comprises/
ns.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/
unix.4: s/is comprised of/comprises/
cz.4: s/comprised of/comprising/
rdisc.8: s/is comprised/consists/
rmt.8: s/is comprised of/comprises/
routed.8: s/is comprised/consists/
badsect.8: Change (in the BUGS section):
"sector which comprise a file system fragmant are"
to something like one of:
"sector in a file system fragment is"
"of the sectors in a file system fragment is"
"of the sectors comprising a file system fragment is"