Re: groff inquiry
Ian Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Brandon Allbery writes:
>> [Daniel Quinlan writes:]
>> | Interestingly enough, afmtodit and grog are Perl scripts. Yes, perl4
>> | is now a required package for groff.
>> A recent development, surely? On my Slackware 1.1.1 system grog is a shell
> It seems like a bad idea to have Groff depend on Perl, because Perl
> is otherwise a rather `optional' package that people (especially on
> small systems) might want to leave out - if Groff depends on it
> they'll be unable to do so, because you can't possibly give people a
> system where they can't read the manpages.
grog and afmtodit are not required to read manual pages. Would you
feel better if we made Perl a "recommended" package?
> Would it be possible to rewrite afmtodit and grog without the use of
> Perl, or can we just ignore the requirement and have only those two
> programs fail when Perl isn't installed ?
grog, maybe. afmtodit, not on your life. However, I'm not going to
touch it. Just _don't_run_them_ if you don't install Perl. They are
really just a small part of groff and they are not required to read
Daniel Quinlan <email@example.com>