[distcc] Improving the man pages

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Sat May 11 17:51:10 MDT 2013

On 11 May 2013 13:58, Daniel Hartwig <mandyke at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello
> Attached is a first pass at improving the source of distcc(1).  At this
> point I am only addressing typographical and syntax issues, such as "-"
> vs. "\-" [1], preventing inappropriate hyphenation, consistent
> formatting and use of man page conventions, and general readability of
> the source.

Hello Daniel, thank you for improving this.

That looks fine when I skim through the output and diff.

There are a couple of TODO markers still, and I will make a final pass
> to fully apply conventions such as command names in bold and program
> suites in italics (underline).

Let me know when it's ready to merge.

> After that I will perform similar work on the other man pages.
> I have only tested the result on Debian Sid which is GNU troff 1.22.2.
> Feedback as to whether it renders correctly on other systems is
> appreciated.
> Also, these files do not contain any Copyright notice or license notice.
> It is practical to include a source comment at the top like this:
>   .ig
>   Copyright (C) AUTHOR
>   ..
> which I will do, but am not sure about the intended license.  It seems
> that these files _may_ have been produced from an earlier SGML version
> which was GNU Free Documentation License.  Is that the preferred license
> for the man pages?

I vaguely recall trying to generate this from SGML many years ago and then
deciding it would be easier just to maintain troff.  troff is the canonical
source now, though.  There is a LICENCE section in the document that says
it's GPL2+, which has the advantage of keeping the whole package
consistent, so please use that.  I wrote most of the manpage.

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