In message <alpine.bsf.2.21.1709121210140.54...@orthanc.ca>, Lyndon Nerenberg 
>> That was actually not why catman was brought into the world:  ATT/USL
>> thought text-processing was The Goods so they unbundled it base SVR
>> and invented catman to make up for the missing nroff.
>Not quite.  They (AT&T) sold the rights to sell typeset manuals to some 
>publishing house (I forget which), at which point they stopped shipping 
>the *roff source for the manpages on the source tapes.  Instead, you got 
>pre-formatted "cat" pages on the source tape.  I think this happened 
>starting with SVR3.

I'm pretty sure that SVR1 had catman and roff was an extra and somewhat
pricey software package.

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