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Re: Groff Bug Report -- PATH

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: Groff Bug Report -- PATH
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 19:55:59 +0200 (CEST)

Sorry for the late reply.

> groff uses the user PATH to determine the search path
> for its own programs.
> This may be incorrect.
> For example, you may install the entire groff directory tree
> under /opt/local/groff1.16.1 and try to run
> /opt/local/groff1.16.1/bin/groff
> Older versions of the various groff programs may exist and
> be executed instead of the newer versions.
> SUGGESTED FIX [optional]:
> A configure option should allow the specification of the
> directory of groff-related programs.
> The groff program and scripts (such as gneqn) should
> use this directory (first).

I'm not completely happy with that -- you loose some control.  What do
you think about introducing a new environment variable $GROFF_BIN_PATH
which defaults to $(bindir), and which will be searched for child
programs instead of $PATH?


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