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Re: Bug#450432: ... and even more bugs like this?

Ivan Shmakov <ivan@theory.asu.ru> writes:
>>>>>> Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

>> or with the period escaped.

> 	... And this is the thing I haven't found how to do.  Could you
> 	please show me that spell?

    \&. Note:

\& is a null token that can be put at the beginning of a line to ensure
that it's not interpreted as a roff command.  .BR is better, in my
opinion, since this introduces an extraneous space before the period.

Another approach that also works is to stop using .B entirely and instead
use font escapes:

    \fBifconfig eth0:0 down\fP.

This is what Pod::Man does since constructing the .BR lines is complex and
can run into short arbitrary limits in some roff implementations.

> 	Isn't .\" the better way to go then?

Yes, but you never can tell what people do.

> 	Since this issue could be checked with lintian, I think that
> 	sending a wishlist report on it is a better way.  IIUC, once the
> 	check is in lintian, the bugs like this would be filed
> 	automatically?

No, lintian doesn't file bugs.  Someone still has to go file the bugs,
even if lintian is used to do the check.

This is a minor bug, not a wishlist bug, IMO.  Unless you meant the bug on
lintian.  (If you meant the bug against lintian, including a patch to do
this check would be lovely.)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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