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Re: Status of fab and of his pkgs [Was: ITA: man-db, groff]

Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> [ Moving to -devel. ]
> Fabrizio Polacco wrote:
> > It's written everywhere: DON'T RUN MAN AS ROOT!

Having no idea where it moved from or what the context was I'll blithely wade
in with an opinion:

Just because the bug is documented doesn't mean it's not a bug.
There's really no excuse for programs that don't work as root.

> Debian's man package is, at the very least, guilty of violating the
> principle of least suprise. When I type "man mount", I expect to see a
> man page. Sometimes you _have_no_choice_ but to run it as root, and it so it
> should always work in those cases.


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