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Re: groff/-mandoc replacement

On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:21:10PM +0100, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> Depends on your definition of free and portable. The original 4.4BSD
> troff is covered by the Caldera 4-clause BSD license.

The 4.4BSD troff is C/A/T, not ditroff.

> Plan9 ditroff falls under Lucent Public License (IIRC) and
> OpenSolaris/Heirloom ditroff under CDDL. For various reasons, the
> Heirloom version is likely the best, e.g. it supports some of the
> critical GNU extensions (like no limit of 10 arguments) and has
> Unicode support.

I think that in general LPL is preferable to CDDL.  Is Plan9 ditroff
really unlike the rest of Plan9 in lacking Unicode support?

> Plan9's ditroff needs quite a bit of hacking to
> convert to Unix libc.

I bet.

Thor Lancelot Simon                               
    "Even experienced UNIX users occasionally enter rm *.* at the UNIX
     prompt only to realize too late that they have removed the wrong
     segment of the directory structure." - Microsoft WSS whitepaper

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