Bug 137169 - man pages incorrectly render backquote
man pages incorrectly render backquote
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Fedora Legacy
Classification: Retired
Component: groff (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2004-10-26 10:06 EDT by Conor O'Rourke
Modified: 2007-04-18 13:14 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-08-24 11:26:08 EDT
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Description Conor O'Rourke 2004-10-26 10:06:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
Not all backquotes are rendered as such in the man pages.
I think this is to do with some change in groff, where backtick
was rendered as single quote to make ``this'' type of thing
render as ''this''. However, some googling seemed to suggest
this should not happen. Ie: bare `, escaped \` or \(ga
should all render the same.
(Maybe it's partially a groff bug then...)

I consider this quite severe as the difference between a
backquote (`) and a single quote (') is quite critical in
unix programming!

Eg: man awk, line 580, renders as such:

  \'   matches the empty string  at the beginning of a
       buffer (string).
  \'   matches the empty string at the end of a buffer.

So which is right? (the top one should be \` not \')

The source for the awk man page: line 1392 shows the problem
(somewhat snipped to make it fit)
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.B \e`
matches the empty string at the beginning of a buffer
--------------------
Should be:
--------------------
.B \e\`
matches the empty string at the beginning of a buffer
--------------------

Then it renders correctly. Not every instance of ` has been
coded incorrectly however. Line 640 of the awk man page says:

   .....(E.g., in French,  a  plain  "e"  and  a
       grave-accented e` are equivalent.)

The ` is rendered correctly here. There are lots more of
these (argh!)


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Comment 1 Eido Inoue 2004-10-26 11:48:33 EDT
reassigning to proper component
Comment 2 Matthew Miller 2005-04-26 12:16:54 EDT
Fedora Core 2 is now maintained by the Fedora Legacy project for
security updates only. If this problem is a security issue, please
reopen and reassign to the Fedora Legacy product. If it is not a
security issue and hasn't been resolved in the current FC3 updates or
in the FC4 test release, reopen and change the version to match.
Comment 3 Jesse Keating 2005-08-24 11:26:08 EDT
This is not a security problem.  I'm closing it now.  If the problem persists in
the supported Fedora space, open a ticket with the latest fedora release.

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