[tex-live] texdoc doesn't find man pages
mpg at elzevir.fr
Tue Jul 15 13:02:29 CEST 2008
Werner LEMBERG scripsit (15.07.2008 07:30)
> It should be easy to make this dependent on the existence of a roff
Of course it is easy. The question is: is it a good thing to do? I'm still
unsure on this point.
>> Moreover, texdoc currently searches only in the texmf trees: man
>> pages may not be in texmf trees on some installations.
> Sorry for being imprecise: I was talking about the man pages within
No, I was imprecise. I understood which man pages you were talking about, but
my point was that, in re-packaged TeX Live's as distributed by Linux distros,
those man pages will end up out of texmf (eg in /usr/share/man/man1). So
texdoc's behaviour wrt man pages will be different on a vanilla TeX Live and a
repackaged TeX Live on Linux, and still different on windows. Do we really
OTOH, it's true that when texdoc can't find man pages, they can be found by
>> I don't think it's worth introducing new system-dependant things
>> in texdoc when man does a good job at finding man pages.
> Well, the man-path to the TeXLive man pages is not always set.
Why not just set it? You need to set $PATH anyway, so...
> I see to possibilities: Either provide preconverted *.txt files within
> TeXLive (which is probably best -- I can provide those files) or add
> a man2xxx converter to TeXLive.
This could be a good idea, esp. the second (I don't like very much the idea of
duplicating things with .1 and .txt). Anyway, it would be good to find a
solution for poor windows users who can't access man pages. If this allows
texdoc to use man pages too, it's great.
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