On 03/21/14 20:51, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
Warner Losh <i...@bsdimp.com> writes:
It does serve a useful purpose, though, which is why it has endured.
If you were to have a man page that said ‘Putc(3) returns …’ then the
automated tools (and web links) that find Putc.3 wouldn’t be able to since
it doesn’t exist.

Moreover - if FreeBSD were written in Pascal, it might not matter, but
in C, _exit(2) and _Exit(3) are two different functions.

(I'm sure there are other examples without a leading underscore)

(eww, starting a sentence with a non-alphabetic character would be even


Etc., etc., etc.  Wouldn't it be more productive to spend this effort on
recasting the sentence in question so that it doesn't start with a word
that starts with a small letter?                              -- George
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