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Re: [Groff] Applications of \c in man pages in the wild [LONG]

From: John Gardner
Subject: Re: [Groff] Applications of \c in man pages in the wild [LONG]
Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 02:22:59 +1000

> Oh, and pointers to a site that times out:

Strange, the site loaded perfectly fine for me.

There's not much on the page, though:

*Deroff 2.0*

Deroff removes roff constructs from documents for the purpose of indexing,
> spell checking etc. My own implementation is a little smarter than
> traditional implementations, because it knows about certain -man and -mm
> macros. It is able to generate a word list for spell checking tools or omit
> headers for sentence analysis tools.

The source is available as a GNU zipped tape archive
> <>. A win32 port is
> available from

The gzip link works too. If you're having troubles accessing it, I can
email it to you if you're interested.

On 2 May 2017 at 02:15, G. Branden Robinson <address@hidden>

> At 2017-05-01T17:46:30+0200, Ingo Schwarze wrote:
> > G. Branden Robinson wrote on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 07:51:26PM -0400:
> >
> > > some of these categories are going to be hard to recognize without
> > > a standalone *roff parser, which I don't think exists.
> >
> > I'm working on that in mandoc, albeit rather slowly.
> Nice!  I wish groff could emit its AST itself, though.
> You mentioned deroff(1); GNU roff does not provide its own
> implementation of it, and Debian doesn't offer one.
> Web searches aren't much help, mostly turning up man pages for deroff
> but not an actual source tree, or stuff about some European footballer.
> Oh, and pointers to a site that times out:
> Regards,
> Branden

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