Re: printcap(5) and other poorly formatted manpages (was Re: man v. info)
On Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 01:48:55PM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 02:29:19PM -0600, Colin Watson
> (email@example.com) wrote:
> > Ugh, yes, that's horrible formatting. '.nf' means "no-fill mode", but it
> > has the effect you're thinking of. Make sure you add this line to the
> > top of the file to let man know that it should be using tbl:
> > '\" t
> > .nf definitely shouldn't be used for lazy attempts at tables like that.
> I've got to rewrite the page (again) using tbl. I did something
> somewhat different, within groff, which works, sorta, but could be
> Anyone got a q'n'd tbl ref? There's a short section in the back of
> K&R (or is it K&P?). How does one embed tbl within a manpage?
I'm not sure if the tbl manual linked off this troff resources page
helps; I'm at a Windows machine at my parents' at the moment and can't
be bothered figuring out how to view PostScript.
To embed tbl in a man page, use .TS and .TE. See tbl(1), or the source
for man pages that use tbl such as man(1) and kill(1).
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]