Subject: Re: Adding external references to the NetBSD manpages? (Was: Add a pkgsrc/security/apg reference to)
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Christian Hopps <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/31/2005 14:11:20
On Dec 20, 2005, at 8:43 PM, Hubert Feyrer wrote:

> On Tue, 20 Dec 2005, Rui Paulo wrote:
>> | And if so, where do we start an stop doing it?
>> Place yourself in user-mode and decide if having an external  
>> reference
>> on a specific man page helps you or not.
> That depends on the user i'm putting myself in.
> Some would want KDE & whatnot...
> I guess I'll repeat my "no bloat" & "keep the base system  
> consistent" mantras here. :)

This can't seriously be considered bloat.

As Rui mentions the entire point is to help the user out.

I believe that most people who might object to this really are  
objecting to the external reference in general, perhaps it feels  
"untidy" or something. Someone else alluded to a slippery slope,  
asking where is the line drawn. What I keep coming back to is the  
question: in what way is the system negatively impacted by adding  
references to related programs we supply through pkgsrc? Why are we  
drawing any line and what slippery slope are we exactly afraid of?

If there exist netbsd packages that relate to some feature in the  
base system why not add  references to them in the system  
documentation? To me the value add is clear, unclear though is what  
negative impact adding them would cause.


>  - Hubert