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[bug #63581] "nroff -mom sample_docs.mom" causes infinite loop

From: Peter Schaffter
Subject: [bug #63581] "nroff -mom sample_docs.mom" causes infinite loop
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2023 14:12:08 -0500 (EST)

Follow-up Comment #9, bug #63581 (project groff):

[comment #8 comment #8:]

> Although I appreciate I'm new here, I think the suggested text should be
strengthened.  Typically when something doesn't work (i.e. the terminal hangs)
I assume the fault lies in code I have written.  Resultingly I spent hours
investigating this prior to posting in this forum (obvs including reading the
relevant man files).  To say that something is "not intended for" is different
to saying we know this will break something.  If we know it causes an issue
that should be stated up front, rather than obliquely - e.g. "... and may
cause the terminal to become unresponsive".  Knowing this would save time for

The addition of your "...and may..." will help.  The issue is this: some mom
documents can be rendered at the terminal and some can't.  We need to steer
users away from nroff--support for it has never been in mom's mandate--while
not saying "Don't ever use it."  Telling users it might freeze their terminal
is a polite way of saying "Use at your own risk," which is an accurate

I'll await further comments before changing the manpage and closing this bug. 


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