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Re: [Groff] Re: groff and solaris

From: Jorgen Grahn
Subject: Re: [Groff] Re: groff and solaris
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 18:30:35 +0200
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On Sat Apr  5 10:33:28 2003, address@hidden wrote:

> So the question is: Why shall someone read the groff man pages
> without groff?

Some reasons, perhaps:

- Setting up groff without forcing man(1) to use it to render man pages is
  legitimate use.  Maybe the sysadmin doesn't want to/isn't allowed to do
  anything more drastic, but still wants to make it available for people who
  need groff for serious typesetting.
- Some sysadmins feel protective of the man page concept, as the lowest
  common denominator of Unix documentation.  Product with missing or "broken"
  man pages tend to be crap.
- You shouldn't need program foo' to read its documentation.
On the other hand, I have to admit that the current groff(1) looks very nice
in Postscript...

  // Jörgen Grahn       "And then the design was ignored, and small children
\X/ <address@hidden>  with crayons were given the O'Reilly Perl books and
                         told to Create.  And lo, it was done."
                                                         -- Teo de H, in ASR

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