On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 9:24 PM, Roland Mainz <roland.mainz at nrubsig.org>
> Mike Gerdts wrote:
> [CC:'ing Michelle Olson <michelle.olson at sun.com> as co-lead of the
> (yet-to-be-announched) manpage-subsystem-rewrite project]
>> I'm looking for a sponsor for the following:
I'll hold off on a sponsor for this as Roland and I sync up.
> ... for the log: I am currently _rewriting_ the manpage subsystem from
> scratch (the frontend already exists as
> ; I'm now waiting for the "ksh93-integration update1" to land before
> doing the remaining work). IMO it may be nice to syncronize the work a
I just had a putback for new functionality into man that makes
MANPATH unnecessary in most conditions. I wish that we would have
known about each others efforts or ambitions last December when I did
most of the work on this.
> Some notes:
> - IMO it may be nice to have something like /etc/man/mandirs which keeps
> track of directories which contain man directories and a tool ("manadm"
> ?) which adds/removes entries to that list and invokes the crawling
> process for all subdirs listed there.
I was intending for that to be SMF properties, which could just as
easily be modified by manadm. In an IPS world that is a subject of
active discussion - but could turn into properties on the
Assuming that things move forward with your re-write of all things
man, it may make sense to look at the entire collection of bugs
against the man subsystem. I know that as I have dabbled in this area
I have had several people mention their long-time pet peeves. Mine
first one was that I always had to do too much shell magic in .profile
to get a working MANPATH. I think you can guess what the second was.
I'm moving this thread over to on-discuss to be sure that the right
people are in on the discussion.