Re: policy summary
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So you are saying that packers are omitting an EXISTING manpage, and instead
putting a link to the undocumented.7 page? You are right, this IS
a bug, and yes, its the kind that is unlikely to be found for quite a while.
However, what about the more common case where there IS no manpage? Then,
I believe it is useful. Whether a manpage exists or not, that symlink
to undocumented.7 encourages people either to write a manpage or find the
existing one and add it if they want it enough. I would like to vote
NO on this issue. undocumented.7 is yet one more aspect of our
userfriendliness and "principle of least astonishment".
On Tue, 4 Jan 2000, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > I object to this; it provides useful information (i.e. there isn't a
> > manpage for this, but we know about it), at little cost in terms of
> > time&disk space.
> Hmm, I guess it's re-hashing time :) The point of this proposal was
> that the presence of an "undocumented" manpage *doesn't* provide
> that information, it only pretends to. There is little correlation
> between "undocumented" links and "missing manpage" bugreports.
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