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Re: man postfix

On Sat, 6 Sep 1997, Fabrizio Polacco wrote:

> Christian Schwarz wrote:
> > 
> > Why do you want to use isdn as a postfix? As I understand FSSTND
> > section 4.9, only "mh" and "x" should be used as postfix.
> > 
> > I would say: non-X isdn programs' manpages should go to
> > /usr/man/man[1-8] with postfix [1-8], X isdn programs' manpages
> > should go to /usr/X11R6/man/man[1-8] with postfix [1-8]x .
> > 
> My opinion is that only big packages which have several manpages (or
> names that are already present) should have a postfix (like mh and x).

Note, that both programs (and only these two programs) have their own
subdirectories to /usr/bin, namely /usr/bin/mh and /usr/bin/X11 (symlink),
as per FSSTND.

And only these two systems are mentioned to have different
postfixes--that's why I assume that no other programs should use man

> Anyway, in mandb code there is a list of 56 postfixes going from 1bind,
> 3paper, 3readline and 3ncurses, just to tell few.
> The problem is that actually their order for search is hardcoded, so I
> should know about new postfix added.

Ah! Then we should probably forbid the use of other postfixes than "mh"
and "x", namely to simplify your package.

Why would we need these postfixes anyways? (They might be necessary for X
programs, since the X man pages are stored in a different locations.)



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