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Re: bin/1904

The following reply was made to PR bin/1904; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Abhinav Upadhyay <>
Subject: Re: bin/1904
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 01:57:40 +0530

 On Sun, May 29, 2016 at 1:35 AM, David Holland <> wrote:
 > The following reply was made to PR bin/1904; it has been noted by GNATS.
 > From: David Holland <>
 > To:
 > Cc:
 > Subject: Re: bin/1904
 > Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:41:59 +0000
 >  On Sat, May 28, 2016 at 05:25:00PM +0000, Abhinav Upadhyay wrote:
 >   >  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.
 >  Maybe; ISTM that the way to deal with man.conf is that it should use
 >  man(1) to generate the cat pages. Except for that man(1) needs a way
 >  to be told "please print this page" and while I thought it had an
 >  option for that, it doesn't currently seem to.
 We could do that, mandoc has -Tascii option (I assume that's
 equivalent to a cat page output, correct me if I'm wrong)
 >  (Also, I'd thought there was an option to man(1) to run troff to generate
 >  postscript for printing, but this doesn't seem to exist either...)
 >  Am I remembering options from some old vendor Unix?
 mandoc has an option for this too, and could be added to man(1).
 As we are already using mandoc for formatting man pages, we could add
 these options to man(1) too?

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