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Errors in sysvinit man pages

From: Helge Kreutzmann
Subject: Errors in sysvinit man pages
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2020 16:32:37 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

Dear Sysvinit maintainer,
the manpage-l10n project maintains a large number of translations of
man pages both from a large variety of sources (including Sysvinit) as
well for a large variety of target languages.

During their work translators notice different possible issues in the
original (english) man pages. Sometimes this is a straightforward
typo, sometimes a hard to read sentence, sometimes this is a
convention not held up and sometimes we simply do not understand the

We use several distributions as sources and update regularly (at
least every 2 month). This means we are fairly recent (some
distributions like archlinux also update frequently) but might miss
the latest upstream version once in a while, so the error might be
already fixed. We apologize and ask you to close the issue immediately
if this should be the case, but given the huge volume of projects and
the very limited number of volunteers we are not able to double check
each and every issue.

Secondly we translators see the manpages in the neutral po format,
i.e. converted and harmonized, but not the original source (be it man,
groff, xml or other). So we cannot provide a true patch (where
possible), but only an approximation which you need to convert into
your source format.

Finally the issues I'm reporting have accumulated over time and are
not always discovered by me, so sometimes my description of the
problem my be a bit limited - do not hesitate to ask so we can clarify

I'm now reporting the errors for your project. If future reports
should use another channel, please let me know.

Man page: init.8
Issue: Incorrect comma and formating of number in B<shutdown(8)>

"B<getty>(1), B<login>(1), B<sh>(1), B<runlevel>(8), B<shutdown(8),> "
"B<kill>(1), B<initctl>(5), B<inittab>(5), B<initscript>(5), B<utmp>(5)"
Man page: initscript.5
Issue: somesuch sounds strange

"This script is not meant as startup script for daemons or somesuch.  It has "
"nothing to do with a I<rc.local> style script. It's just a handler for "
"things executed from B</etc/inittab>. Experimenting with this can make your "
"system un(re)bootable."
Man page: initscript.5
Issue: Order of entries

"init(8), inittab(5)."
Man page: inittab.5
Issue: Markup: Init → B<Init>

"The process will be executed when the power goes down. Init is usually "
"informed about this by a process talking to a UPS connected to the "
"computer.  B<Init> will wait for the process to finish before continuing."


      Dr. Helge Kreutzmann           
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