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Re: replacement for getpass(3) in older program (1994)

On Fri, 04 May 2007 17:11:30 +0200, Michelle Konzack wrote:

> Hello Sam,
> Am 2007-05-02 19:06:09, schrieb Sam Morris:
>> On Wed, 02 May 2007 19:19:53 +0200, Michelle Konzack wrote:
>> > I have goten an older source which has some problems to compile under
>> > Sid.  After reading a bunch of "manpages-dev" I have seen that
>> > "getpass" is obsolete and I should not use it.
>> Although the getpass man page (dated from seven years ago!) says this,
>> glibc's actual documentation[0] does not mention any problems with the
>> getpass function--so I don't see any particular reason to avoid it.
>> [0]
>> http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/manual/html_node/getpass.html#index-
>> getpass-3653
> Should I submit a bugreport/patch againt "manpages-dev"?

The only reason I did not do so is because there are a lot of these kind 
of errors/omissions. IMO correcting them is not worthwhile because the 
'manpages' package will always be an outdated secondhand copy of 
upstream's documentation, which is shipped in the 'glibc-doc-reference' 
package (in non-free, grr).

If it were up to me, I would replace them all by text automatically 
extracted from the info documentation (tricky for technical and legal 
reasons) or by skeleton man pages that looks something like this:

GETPASS(3)     GNU C Library Reference Manual



   * http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/manual/html_node/getpass.html#index-
   * info:(libc)getpass

Sam Morris

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