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From: Thomas Rast <>
To: Miklos Vajna <>
Cc: bill lam <>, git <>
Subject: Re: quote in help code example
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:02:55 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Thomas Rast wrote:
> The patch below just replaces said template with a no-op for git's
> manpage creation.  I have not been able to substantiate the claim that
> apostrophes are special, and in fact with the patch my manpages look
> fine.  Then again I don't know anything about roff syntax either, and
> manuals seem a bit hard to come by.

Actually, scratch the patch.  I haven't been able to nail it yet, and
I'm not sure I have the energy for another stab at this mess; but
during testing with older versions, I learned that they behave
differently and the patch just shifts the breakage a bit.

Also, the single quotes are apparently special at the beginning of a
line and to delimit function arguments, though not elsewhere.  The
bash manpage uses \(aq to get a literal apostrophe, which I will aim
to convert them to.  Oddly enough, the groff(7) manpage does not
document \(aq, but lists \(cq as the official escape for ' ... which
then turns out to mutate into this cursed non-apostrophe again.  Sigh.

Thomas Rast

  reply	other threads:[~2009-10-15 12:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-10-12 10:29 bill lam
2009-10-12 19:40 ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13  2:16   ` bill lam
2009-10-13 10:19     ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13 14:06       ` bill lam
2009-10-13 15:30         ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13 20:15           ` Thomas Rast
2009-10-15 12:02             ` Thomas Rast [this message]
2009-10-21  8:24               ` [PATCH] Quote ' as \(aq in manpages Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 10:38                 ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-21 18:01                 ` Anders Kaseorg
2009-10-21 18:57                   ` [PATCH v2] " Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 21:31                     ` [PATCH] Document GNU_ROFF in Makefile Miklos Vajna
2009-10-21 22:22                       ` Junio C Hamano
2009-10-21 22:51                         ` Anders Kaseorg
2009-10-22  8:19                           ` [PATCH v3] Quote ' as \(aq in manpages Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 21:42                     ` [PATCH v2] " Anders Kaseorg
2009-10-12 21:06 ` quote in help code example Junio C Hamano

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