Subject: Re: Alternatives system for pkgsrc
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/20/2005 09:59:24
> Let me add one more thing: wrappers won't work, because the alternatives
> are not only about binaries.  They are also used to handle manual pages,
> for example, hence the wrappers are useless.

A wrapper for a manpage could use the ROFF ".so" request macro.

I don't know if it works everywhere, but I think it might, like:

.so man1/vim.1

Here's an example from a Mac OS X box:

$ cat /usr/share/man/man3/snmp_open.3
.so man3/snmp_api.3

 Jeremy C. Reed

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