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Re: Importing the apropos GSoC code and switching to mandoc(1) by default
On Sun, 05 Feb 2012, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
It highlights search terms using escape sequences, which
interacts badly with pagers:
I've changed it to always use the redraw sequences like mandoc
does too. That was already the default when using -p.
It prints more than a screenful of output by default. I'd
suggest either printing only one line per result by default, or
piping through a pager if the output is a tty.
One line per result would remove the context of the match, which
would be a serious regeression in usefulness.
I liked the one-line results from the old apropos or man -k, and
I'd prefer that to be the default. The context is also very
useful, but I think it should be optional.
Forcing the pager by default is IMO a PITA, since all sane
terminals have some form of scrollback (xterm, wscons). We could
limit the default output to 5, that should be good enough for
Since man(1) without "-k" uses a pager, I thought that letting
"man -k" also use a pager would make sense. However, for
apropos(1), I agree that invoking a pager by default makes less
--apb (Alan Barrett)
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