Man pages compressed with bzip2

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Fri Jun 3 12:38:27 GMT 2005

Loren M. Lang wrote:
> An application I am porting comes with it's manpages already formatted
> and compressed with bzip2, though freebsd doesn't support bz2 manpages,
> AFAIK.  But if it does, I don't think the ports framework can handle it
> as there doesn't seem to be anyway to specify the compression format for
> manpages.  What is the best solution to this?
> Should I just write a post-build target that will decompress it and
> recompress it as gz

I'd do just that: recompress. gzip decompresses much faster, so .bz2 man
pages may become an annoyance on slower machines.

> and just add bzip2 as a dependency or should I just

A build dependency.

> include a gzipped version in the files directory?

I think the ports tree is large enough at it is, let's not bloat it.

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