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Re: man postfix

On Sun, 7 Sep 1997, Fabrizio Polacco wrote:

> 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
> > locations.)
> > 
> 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.

Ok. (I've just seen that Perl modules use .3pm, for example.)

So I think we should continue to use the man page postfixes for large
packages (tcl, perl, X, mh, etc.) where name conflicts can appear. 



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