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Re: Generation process for cpp.1
Zack Weinberg <zackw@Stanford.EDU> writes:
> On Mon, Nov 13, 2000 at 09:24:27AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
>> Zack Weinberg <zackw@Stanford.EDU> writes:
>>> Yes. This is still a problem with podlators-1.04.
>>> .Sh "Brief description of \f(CW\*(C`gcov\*(C'\fR data files"
>>> I think the final \fR should be \fP.
>> \fB, you mean? Ugh... this is a real mess. That puts pod2man in the
>> situation of having to know what font the underlying macros are using
>> for a minor section header, and it could legitimately differ between
>> different man implementations.
> Um, no, I meant \fP, which switches to the previous font. This only
> works if there's been exactly one font change, if you do a second one
> you're hosed.
Oh... I didn't know you could do that. Do you know how widespread support
for that is? It's not in the troff paper, which is what I normally use as
a reference manual for figuring out what I can do (I don't trust groff to
mark things that are GNU extensions). That *might* give me enough
leverage to solve the common case, although it couldn't handle a more
complicated case of markup in headings. I think I can see how to use this
in the font mapping code, though. Maybe.
> Well, it *does* actually, it's just only one change deep. But no
> argument from me here... and it's not just fonts, either.
*roff is a really nasty markup language in a bunch of ways. I still like
it a bit better than HTML, but it's close (and from me, that's a pretty
negative opinion; I utterly detest HTML).
> I didn't know about -s, but I tested this with 'nroff -man
> /usr/man/man1/whatever.1 | less' so that's not a concern. I only see
> the blank lines with pod2man-generated pages. Also, for some reason I
> don't get a page footer except with pod2man-generated pages. It's
> probably a bug in my tmac.an.
pod2man generates a full .TH line. Maybe that's the difference? I've
seen a lot of vendor man pages that only give .TH the first two (required)
arguments of page title and section and leave off the additional
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>