Subject: Re: bin/7249 - slow down, take a deep breath...
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Christopher Reid Palmer <email@example.com>
Date: 07/19/2000 14:23:47
On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Greywolf wrote:
> To replace, outright, man pages and the manner in which they are viewed
> would be folly.
Consider two new environment variables that a new man(1) checked:
$MAN_FORMAT and $MAN_VIEWER.
If `man some_program' shot out plain text and fed it to $PAGER, by
default, would you be not unhappy with a new man(1) really being quite
different than it is now?
I agree that removing the current functionality--plain text to a pager to
a terminal--should never, ever, go away. My other post did not mean to
suggest that. Just like you say, I want to extend and add options, not
take away the reasonable defaults and good functionality that exist.