using bzip2 to compress man-pages

Bob Johnson fbsdlists at
Thu Sep 22 15:15:18 PDT 2005

On 9/22/05, Ulrich Spoerlein <q at> wrote:
> On Thu, 22.09.2005 at 00:46:11 -0400, Mikhail T. wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > How can I attract an interested comitter to my:
> >
> >
> Changing the default format for manpages has serious bikeshed potential.
> While adding support for reading/writing bz2 compressed manpages is
> certainly useful, I doubt the benefit of switching to bzip2 compressed
> manpages.
> There are several points to consider:
> 1. I dont want to wait for my manpages to display, they have to be on
> screen instantanously.

You are already waiting.  FreeBSD by default uses gzip-compressed man
pages.  The issue is whether to continue using gzip, or switch to

Try "man -w man" for instance.

- Bob

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