| From: kevin lyda <kevin+dated+1077450067.ed4869 at ie.suberic.net>
| Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 11:41:04 +0000
| On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 03:16:11AM +0100, Brian Foster wrote:
| >[ ... ] thank you for the RTFM lesson.
| you might have mentioned that you'd found the manual to be wrong.
| you might even submit a bug report.
*sigh* as I said in my ill-tempered reply,
I did not know then if the man(1) page or the
program was in error. hence, I had nothing
too useful to mention, nor could I file a
useful bug report.
I now know.
I investigated this issue more this afternoon,
even testing/inspecting the 7th Edition source
(über-source), and it is the `col(1)' man page
which is in error: every `col' implementation
I could find, including various *BSDs, hardcode
the behavior of SP (space) as non-destructive.
in addition, the older man pages make clear `col'
was originally intended to render nroff(1) output
produced for ASR 35/37(?)-ish teletypes on other
hardcopy printers, so it follows SP should be
hence, (1) the GNU(?) man page is in error for
claiming otherwise (and omitting the rationale);
and (2) arguably, there should be an option for
destructive-spacing. (and after examining the
source, I suspect that is trivial; I might even
submit a patch?)
|[ ... ] did you try the script i wrote?
not ywt actually. thanks. I will test it when
time permits. the immediate issue was fixed by
a bit of hand-editing, so I'm now back to the
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