Bug 97087 - docbook2man doesn't quote dots at the beginning of the line
docbook2man doesn't quote dots at the beginning of the line
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: docbook-utils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
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Reported: 2003-06-10 00:51 EDT by Gordon Messmer
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:54 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: 0.6.13-7
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-06-10 04:36:55 EDT
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always quotes dots at the beginning of the line (587 bytes, patch)
2003-06-10 00:52 EDT, Gordon Messmer
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Description Gordon Messmer 2003-06-10 00:51:49 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20030225

Description of problem:
When converted to nroff format, a dot at the beginning of the line starts a
macro.  If a docbook file has a dot at the beginning of one of its lines of
text, man will either not display the following word, or not display then entire
line of text (depending on the version of man).

The fix is pretty simple, '.' characters at the beginning of a line of text must
always be quoted as '&.' (ampersand-dot, in case it gets lost in the HTML).  The
upstream author has been notified, and corrected the problem in the current
series of docbook-utils.  I'll attach a patch for the version that you're
distributing.  It works for me.

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Comment 1 Gordon Messmer 2003-06-10 00:52:44 EDT
Created attachment 92292 [details]
always quotes dots at the beginning of the line
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2003-06-10 04:36:55 EDT
Thanks.  Fixed package will appear in rawhide shortly.

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