docs/111427: Missing chunks of text in historical manpages
jpeek at jpeek.com
Mon Apr 9 20:00:11 UTC 2007
>Synopsis: Missing chunks of text in historical manpages
>Arrival-Date: Mon Apr 09 20:00:10 GMT 2007
>Originator: Jerry Peek
>Release: www.freebsd.org website
using a Windows system with Firefox 18.104.22.168 web browser
I've used the historical manpages -- especially 7th Edition and 4.3 Reno -- for years, thanks. Today I'm reading the 4.3 Reno page diff3(1), from http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=diff3&apropos=0&sektion=1&manpath=4.3BSD+Reno&format=html . It has a problem I've seen in some other pages (but not reported before): some small bits of text are missing.
For instance, the second paragraph of DESCRIPTION begins like this:
Options are: Produces output in a form suitable as an input script for the ed(1) utility.
Which option does that describe? It doesn't say. Another example is in the FILES section:
temporary files. the executable.
I think that section should include /tmp/XXX and /usr/bin/diff3, or something.
Open the manual page I mentioned in Firefox 22.214.171.124, or probably in other browsers too.
I'm guessing that there's a macro call which isn't being read or handled by the man-to-html converter. For instance, the missing -e option might have been coded as:
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