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Re: Accessibility of man pages (was: Playground pager lsp(1))

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: Accessibility of man pages (was: Playground pager lsp(1))
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2023 14:47:54 +0100

On Sat, Apr 08, 2023 at 03:02:59PM +0200, Alejandro Colomar wrote:
> Colin, I've had a feeling for a long time that compressed pages are
> not very useful.  These days, storage is cheap.  How would you feel
> about having the man pages installed uncompressed in Debian?  That
> would allow running text tools directly in /usr/share/man/.

I'm not personally all that bothered either way, but it's a
distribution-wide policy decision rather than something I'd decide on.
I suspect there are still some people who would push back against the
space cost.

> I've had to do that several times, and lucky me that I have the source
> code of the Linux man-pages checked out in my computers, but other
> users don't and they might have trouble finding for example which
> pages talk about RLIMIT_NOFILE.  The only way I know of is:


(This looks at the page source rather than the rendered output, so
sometimes it over-reports if your search term matches a groff macro,
etc.  But that's true of your approach too.)

Colin Watson (he/him)                              []

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