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bug#27833: 25.2; Add support for manpath command to woman.el


From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: bug#27833: 25.2; Add support for manpath command to woman.el
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:29:19 +0100

On 26 Jul 2017 4:17 pm, "Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> wrote:
> From: Reuben Thomas <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:33:52 +0100
> Cc: address@hidden
>
>  On top of that, I think we semi-deprecated woman.el because AFAIR it
>  cannot support newer roff features which are abundant in recent man
>  pages. So I wonder what kind of use case do you have that on the one
>  hand needs woman.el, and OTOH finds its manpath emulation lacking.
>
> ​​I explained that: man -k does not support man directories lacking a database.

Yes, but why not extend man.el by using manpath?  Is there a problem
that I don't see?

It would take more work, as man.el does not replicate the path configuration as woman.el does, but relies on man -k. Furthermore, man-db upstream is now aware of the problem and intends to fix it.

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