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Re: man pages must still work minimally

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: man pages must still work minimally
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 22:46:14 +0100

"Alfred M. Szmidt" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Your wish is my command, patch at the end.  Should cover all cases.

I applied your patch -- or tried.
Two hunks didn't apply, but I managed :)

>    The latest should be available from savannah.
>    Here's the change I made:
> Thanks.
>    --- src/ls.c       5 Oct 2004 17:38:15 -0000       1.366
>    +++ src/ls.c       19 Nov 2004 19:29:55 -0000      1.367
>    @@ -4057,7 +4057,7 @@ Mandatory arguments to long options are
>                                follow symbolic links listed on the command 
> line\n\
>         --dereference-command-line-symlink-to-dir\n\
>                                follow each command line symbolic link\n\
>    -                               that points to a directory\n\
>    +                             that points to a directory\n\
>         --hide=PATTERN         do not list implied entries matching shell 
>                                  (overridden by -a or -A)\n\
>     "), stdout);
> Am I the only one who doesn't like this?  It easier on the eyes when
> it is indented.  I would say that this is a bug in help2man, not in
> the output listing.  Infact, I would prefer to have this used
> consistently in all GNU projects.

I agree, but I didn't have time to look at help2man.
If someone fixes it, I'll revert that part of the change.
FWIW, coreutils uses a slightly forked version in man/help2man.

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