svn commit: r194493 - head/usr.bin/catman

Bruce Simpson bms at
Sun Jun 21 22:48:09 UTC 2009

Brooks Davis wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 04:48:09PM +0200, Dag-Erling Sm??rgrav wrote:
>> Alexey Dokuchaev <danfe at> writes:
>>> This kinda brings up the question, do we actually need catman(1) at all
>>> these days of fast CPU and disks and plenty of RAM?
>> Show me the fast CPU and plenty of RAM on this board:
> For such hardware, the OpenBSD mdoc renderer is likely to be a better
> fit anyway.  It's orders of magnitude faster than *roff and wouldn't
> waste space on catpages that will in all likely hood never be used.

Also, why are people expecting to render man pages on an embedded 
platform anyway?

I thought the reasoning behind embedded systems was that they were just 
that, and the usual expectations of desktop systems didn't necessarily 
apply. I don't expect to be able to read man pages on my pfSense 
firewall -- and its custom installed predecessor before that, didn't 
have man pages installed at all to save space in the runtime image. So 
surely the point about the Soekris here is moot?


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