Subject: Re: bin/21970: printf(1) breaks when format begins with "-"
To: David Laight <>
From: Alan Barrett <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 06/26/2003 18:36:40
On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, David Laight wrote:
> > In that case, the documentation should be fixed.  The following patch
> > to the printf(1) man page might help, but a complete fix should involve
> > nearly all man pages in section 1.
> I disagree, repeating that information in all the man pages is pointless
> and error prone.

Note that I have NOT suggested adding lots of information to all the
man pages.  If that's the idea that you disagree with, then I also
disagree with it.

I have suggested adding a little bit of information to almost all the
section 1 man pages: specifically, adding "[--]" to the synopsis of all
relevant man pages.  This should be in conjunction with adding much more
information to intro(1).

When I sent that patch to printf(1), I should have emphasised that such
a patch is my second last choice: better than doing nothing, but much
worse than fixing intro(1) properly and adding "[--]" to almost all
relevant synopsis sections.

> intro(1) should probably describe some of what is in:

Yes, I agree.

--apb (Alan Barrett)