vi manpage (another stab)

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Mon Jan 27 22:49:02 PST 2003


Gerard Beekmans wrote:

>On January 25, 2003 07:09 pm, Greg Schafer wrote:
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>>Expecting man vi to work is reasonable I s'pose...
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>>Lets not forget why we are here, and the goals of the project.
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>It could get touchy. Symlinks for sure are not an option. The gzip problem 
>mentioned earlier is one reason. The other problem: what if you go install 
>the real vi program at some point. It'll probably overwrite the vi.1 man page 
>but it's a link to vim.1 so you end up loosing your vim man page. That ain't 
>good.
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>The same can be said for the yacc and lex man pages, better make them real 
>files with ".so manx/real.x" in them.
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>I think we can find a middle ground. A man page for vi might be nice, I 
>wouldn't do one for sh though (not many people use sh directly, mostly only 
>shell scripts do for all the good reasons), or for the groff programs.
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Would hard links work?  A copy over would not destroy the original. 
 Also an update to (say) vim, would not update vi.
  -- Bruce


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