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Re: UTF-8 manual pages

Colin Watson wrote:
> > I don't much like any of the switch ideas, since they would probably
> > not be able to express all possible collections of man pages (given
> > debhelper's current command line parser). The manpage:encoding idea
> > could work, but might have ambiguity issues with man pages with colons
> > in their name (perl ones have two colons, but I'll bet there are some
> > with one).
> Mm, yes, colon was a bad choice.

It's probably still possible to disambiguate, with a tight enough regexp
for /:$locale$/

> > I'd be ok with DWIM here if it worked the same way man does, perhaps
> > by using manconv directly?
> manconv is a bit too low-level; you have to tell it the encodings you
> want to convert from and to. It can't look at where your manual page is
> installed and guess likely encodings from it. I think we need a --recode
> option to man that spits out a version of the source manual page in the
> requested encoding, without doing .so elimination or any other kind of
> preprocessing. Does that sound about right?

Sounds about right, and since you mentioned the coding: directive --
this is a way out of the DWIM if it doesn't DWYM, so dh_installman can
just document that as how to override its guesses.

see shy jo

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