Xman and nroff incompatibility

Thomas Dickey dickey@his.com
Sun Feb 22 17:37:00 GMT 2004

On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 12:57:22PM -0500, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Feb 2004, Rodrigo Medina wrote:
> > understand the old style format. In order to obtain the old style
> > output one  has to call nroff with the -c option. Xman calls nroff
> > without the -c option. The man page of xman claims that in some
> > operative systems xman reads /etc/man.config.

not exactly:

       In newer BSD and Linux systems, Xman  will  search  for  a  file  named
       /etc/man.conf  which  will  contain  the list of directories containing
       manual pages. See man.conf(5) for a complete description  of  the  file

The actual nroff command that's used is compiled into the code (and cannot
be reset with a resource).  It doesn't call "man", but uses nroff, etc.,
> FYI, Cygwin man doesn't use /etc/man.config.  I believe the global man
> configuration file for Cygwin is /usr/share/misc/man.conf.  I don't know
> whether Xman reads that...
> 	Igor

Thomas E. Dickey <dickey@invisible-island.net>
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