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The following reply was made to PR bin/1904; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Abhinav Upadhyay <er.abhinav.upadhyay%gmail.com@localhost>
To: NetBSD GNATS <gnats-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost>
Cc: gnats-admin%netbsd.org@localhost, netbsd-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost, kashmir%umiacs.umd.edu@localhost
Subject: Re: bin/1904
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:54:24 +0530
On Sat, May 28, 2016 at 10:10 PM, David Holland
> The following reply was made to PR bin/1904; it has been noted by GNATS.
> From: David Holland <dholland-bugs%netbsd.org@localhost>
> To: gnats-bugs%NetBSD.org@localhost
> Subject: Re: bin/1904
> Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:36:05 +0000
> On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 09:50:00AM +0000, Abhinav Upadhyay wrote:
> > Is this still relevant?
> > The first two issues regarding apropos and whatis are not valid anymore
> > as we don't use whatis.db for them.
> > Not quite sure about the 3rd and 4th points.
> The last point (the one about bsd.man.mk using catman) is wrong; or at
> least, not useful. The build rules in the default man.conf are supposed
> to be consistent with the build rules in the makefiles; using custom
> rules from an installed man.conf is not consistent with the principle
> of the build being self-contained, cross builds working reliably, etc.
> Also it's only relevant if one is generating cat pages at build time,
> which has not been the default for some years now.
I guess that settles the 4th point as not being useful (in present time).
> The other point "catman doesn't work with /etc/man.conf and linked
> manpages" ... not even sure what that means. However, I guess we might
> want some of the patches to catman(8) in here...
As per the description of the 3rd patch, it means that catman doesn't
parse and use the rules from /etc/man.conf and, it also doesn't handle
the symlinked or hard linked man pages, the patch fixes those issues.
I think those are useful fixes if we are going to maintain catman.
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