Man pages .Dd

M. Warner Losh imp at
Sun Dec 3 22:14:57 PST 2006

In message: <20061204002231.GB36269 at>
            "Greg 'groggy' Lehey" <grog at> writes:
: On Friday,  1 December 2006 at 14:09:25 +0100, Sascha Wildner wrote:
: > M. Warner Losh wrote:
: >> content changes, but not typos or formatting, is when it should be
: >> bumpped.  Also on MFC, the date used is the one in -current, not the
: >> date that you MFC.  This makes it hard to automate.
: >
: > Where exactly is the benefit in bumping/having dates on manpages at all?
: >
: > I mean, does anyone actually notice that the date changed (by
: > remembering the date of the previous version) and think, "oh great,
: > there's been a content change, let's check that out"?
: Good point.  Clearly it's worthwhile knowing what version of the man
: page you have, if only to know whether it's up to date.  But the
: $FreeBSD$ tag would give more information there.

$FreeBSD$ or $Date$ would pessimize the display of the date by
uglifying the presentation to the user.


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