Re: Next approach: Documentation Policy
> man pages tools are designed for on-demand conversion, info tools
> are designed for before-demand conversion.
bwahahaha... umm, the only reason manpages are "on-demand" is that CPU
power has increased by a factor of 100 or more since the format was
introduced. nroff was a descendent of "runoff", a batch-processed
formating language on Multics and earlier systems... the reason
"catman" exists is because it *did* take a long time to crunch a
single man page -- you really wanted to get the cat page instead if
The one change I'd make to makeinfo to bring them a little more in
line, is to have it generate a single file, preferably
incrementally... oh wait:
--no-split suppress splitting of large files.
I guess that's there already... certainly
makeinfo --no-split --output - ~/elisp/w3/w3.txi | less
behaves in a very man-like (that is to say, primitive) manner... so
I don't think it is necessary to "re-write the tools"...
_Mark_ <firstname.lastname@example.org> N1DPU
The Herd of Kittens
A Debian Maintainer
 BSD 4.2 on a VAX 750, ~1 MIPS...
 well, "moral" descendent, I don't know how much of a real
connection there is but the actual markup used is somewhat similar,
and the *name* is certainly derivative.
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