[Bug 246656] Unicode asterisks in ctime(3) may not render correctly

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Fri May 22 15:27:18 UTC 2020


--- Comment #2 from Conrad Meyer <cem at freebsd.org> ---
Hmm, roff(7):

   Special Characters
     Special characters are used to encode special glyphs ...
     Sequences begin with the escape character ‘\’ followed by
     either an open-parenthesis ‘(’ for two-character sequences...

           \(em    Two-letter em dash escape.
     \(cc    Special Characters with two-letter names, see mandoc_char(7).

I guess that explains \(**.

           Input            Rendered    Description
           \(**             ∗           asterisk

Ok, so \(** is just wrong here.  C comments are not some mathematical formula.

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