man(1) was: HEADS UP: tar -l is now (intentionally) broken.

Rahul Siddharthan rsidd at
Tue Aug 3 21:29:53 PDT 2004

Evan Dower said on Aug  3, 2004 at 14:05:10:
> >And it's worth noting that minor incompatibilities like this just
> >serve to annoy new users (which usually means users from linux-land).
> >For example, it's annoying that BSD man can't read a manpage by
> >specifying the full path to a filename (eg, man ./foo.1).
> Yeah... Why is that? It seems like it would be awfully useful to read man 
> pages without installing them.

I was wrong about calling it BSD man... it's GNU man, but a much older
version than what current linux systems ship. 

I can work on a patch for this specific feature when I get some time.
Before I start, is there any reason people may think this is a bad


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