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Re: intro.ms

On 13 April 2012 16:10, Mikael Magnusson <mikachu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 13 April 2012 14:35, Peter Stephenson <Peter.Stephenson@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:21:27 +0200
>> Mikael Magnusson <mikachu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>   For more information, the files Doc/intro.txt or Doc/intro.troff
>>>   included with the source distribution are highly recommended.  A list
>>>   of features is given in FEATURES, also with the source.
>>> But these files don't exist at least since we started using cvs, and I
>>> can't get any man/troff/nroff/*roff variant to produce readable output
>>> from intro.ms. /README notes that it is based on zsh 2.5 but still a
>>> good introduction. Does anyone know how to build it, or should we
>>> remove it and/or the recommendation to read it?
>> "nroff -ms" is still producing quite readable about for me, and "pdfroff
>> -ms" produced a usable document which we could distribute in the doc
>> bundle, but it's not a very sensible source format.  I suppose it would
>> need to be translated by hand.
> Ah, I didn't know you had to pass any switches to it, all I know about
> roff is it's something to do with man pages usually :). I read about a
> third of it so far, and most of it is still applicable. We might want
> to remove the bits about compctl if we keep the recommendation in the
> FAQ to read it.

I just made it to the end, and noticed that, at least for me, the
pdfroff -ms command produces a pdf that has the whole content twice,
ie it is 84 pages. nroff -ms doesn't seem to do this.

Mikael Magnusson

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