Re: man postfix
Christian Schwarz wrote:
> Why would we need these postfixes anyways? (They might be necessary
> for X programs, since the X man pages are stored in a different
No, all man programs are smart enough to search all places (they use a
MANPATH more or less derived from the PATH content; our is described in
/etc/manpath.config), so there is no relation between the postfix and
the location of the file.
The reason is name clash. For example tcl has a lot of manpages with the
same name as system function (write, read etc.) and a postfix can be
useful to isolate and concentrate the search (instead of using man -a
and then browse all the manpages with the same name.
Also, when you use man -f (aka whatis) you can see the postfix and use
it to understand more on the page listed.
| email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org - Using Debian GNU/Linux !
| 6F7267F5 fingerprint 57 16 C4 ED C9 86 40 7B 1A 69 A1 66 EC FB D2 5E
TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS MAILING LIST: e-mail the word "unsubscribe" to
Trouble? e-mail to email@example.com .