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

Simon L. Nielsen simon at
Wed Aug 4 00:30:28 PDT 2004

On 2004.08.04 00:29:51 -0400, Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
> 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
> idea?

Well, it can be done without a patch... I use the following tcsh alias
so I can just write 'manf foo.1' :

groff -Wall -Tascii -te -mandoc !^ | less

Simon L. Nielsen
FreeBSD Documentation Team
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