[rescue] My Best Rescue to Date.. Ever
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Fri Jan 20 16:30:06 CST 2006
> Perfectly reasonable for writing new man pages, but existing man pages
> that use the format-based tags should still work. In other words, if
> you provide a troff clone, it should have a compatible set of an
> macros so that 'my-troff-clone -man foo.1' will work.
groff *DOES* provide such macros.
If you have a *valid* man page that doesn't format, you should report it
as a bug to the groff project.
One thing you need to remember when using a typesetter is that there are
errors in some UNIX(TM) typesetting documentation, especially regarding
date and measurement registers. For example date registers are years
since 1900, but AT&T man pages say the register is only 2 digits.
Also, not even UNIX(TM) typesetters are always fully compatible with
I have a couple of old (1980s) books on nroff/troff that cover issues
like that, long before groff was written.
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