Bug 242921 - Handle linked man pages more gracefuly
Summary: Handle linked man pages more gracefuly
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: redhat-rpm-config
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jon Masters
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Reported: 2007-06-06 13:41 UTC by Stepan Kasal
Modified: 2009-07-14 18:00 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 18:00:05 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
proposed patch (2.94 KB, patch)
2007-06-06 13:45 UTC, Stepan Kasal
no flags Details | Diff
proposed patch 2 (2.94 KB, patch)
2007-06-15 14:26 UTC, Stepan Kasal
no flags Details | Diff

Description Stepan Kasal 2007-06-06 13:41:31 UTC
If a man page describes multiple functions, then the secondary sources often
look like this:
$ zcat /usr/share/man/man2/swapoff.2.gz 
.so man2/swapon.2

Though this is not uniform throughout the distribution, some packages use
symlinks or even hard links.

I suggest to replace the above microscopic source file by a symbolic link; it
makes things more readable (and saves a block of data).

This can be done automagically when compressing the man pages, see the patch below.

Comment 1 Stepan Kasal 2007-06-06 13:45:19 UTC
Created attachment 156349 [details]
proposed patch

This patch search for the sources of the form mentioned above and replaces them
by a symlink.
(Moreover, it improves handling of hard links; previously, if a man page had
$n$ hard links, brp-compress compressed and de-compressed it $n$ times.)

Comment 2 Stepan Kasal 2007-06-15 14:26:11 UTC
Created attachment 157118 [details]
proposed patch 2

Change $f -> $b in the code, so that brp-compress works correctly even though
the docs were already compressed.

Comment 3 Jon Masters 2008-04-03 07:00:38 UTC
Hmmm...ok, so I'll do some testing and add this into rawhide post F-9.

Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:58:28 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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