Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 242921
Handle linked man pages more gracefuly
Last modified: 2009-07-14 14:00:05 EDT
If a man page describes multiple functions, then the secondary sources often
look like this:
$ zcat /usr/share/man/man2/swapoff.2.gz
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.
Created attachment 156349 [details]
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.)
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.
Hmmm...ok, so I'll do some testing and add this into rawhide post F-9.
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