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From: Kir Kolyshkin <>
Cc:, Kir Kolyshkin <>
Subject: [PATCH] proc(5): ffix
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:14:58 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Mark some literal strings with bold.

Mark some variable strings with italic.

Remove some unneeded R from .BR, .IR etc.

Signed-off-by: Kir Kolyshkin <>
 man5/proc.5 | 45 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
 1 file changed, 29 insertions(+), 16 deletions(-)

diff --git a/man5/proc.5 b/man5/proc.5
index a5dbad702..58129cdcf 100644
--- a/man5/proc.5
+++ b/man5/proc.5
@@ -131,7 +131,7 @@ but it hides a process's UID and GID,
 which could otherwise be learned by employing
 .BR stat (2)
 on a
-.IR /proc/[pid]
+.I /proc/[pid]
 This greatly complicates an attacker's task of gathering
 information about running processes (e.g., discovering whether
@@ -144,11 +144,11 @@ whether other users are running any program at all, and so on).
 .\" commit 0499680a42141d86417a8fbaa8c8db806bea1201
 Specifies the ID of a group whose members are authorized to
 learn process information otherwise prohibited by
-.BR hidepid
+.B hidepid
 (i.e., users in this group behave as though
 .I /proc
 was mounted with
-.IR hidepid=0 ).
+.BR hidepid=0 ).
 This group should be used instead of approaches such as putting
 nonroot users into the
 .BR sudoers (5)
@@ -1465,16 +1465,20 @@ mount options: per-mount options (see
 .BR mount (2)).
-optional fields: zero or more fields of the form "tag[:value]"; see below.
+optional fields: zero or more fields of the form
+.IR tag [: value ];
+see below.
 separator: the end of the optional fields is marked by a single hyphen.
-filesystem type: the filesystem type in the form "type[.subtype]".
+filesystem type: the filesystem type in the form
+.IR type [. subtype ].
-mount source: filesystem-specific information or "none".
+mount source: filesystem-specific information or
+.BR none .
 super options: per-superblock options (see
@@ -1482,11 +1486,11 @@ super options: per-superblock options (see
 Currently, the possible optional fields are
-.IR shared ,
-.IR master ,
-.IR propagate_from ,
+.BR shared ,
+.BR master ,
+.BR propagate_from ,
-.IR unbindable .
+.BR unbindable .
 .BR mount_namespaces (7)
 for a description of these fields.
@@ -1540,7 +1544,9 @@ The fields in each line are:
 .TP 5
 The name of the mounted device
-(or "nodevice" if there is no corresponding device).
+.B nodevice
+if there is no corresponding device).
 The mount point within the filesystem tree.
@@ -2856,11 +2862,18 @@ Valid only for timers that notify via a signal.
 .I notify
 The part before the slash specifies the mechanism
 that this timer uses to deliver notifications,
-and is one of "thread", "signal", or "none".
-Immediately following the slash is either the string "tid" for timers
+and is one of
+.BR thread ,
+.BR signal ,
+.BR none .
+Immediately following the slash is either the string
+.B tid
+for timers with
-notification, or "pid" for timers that notify by other mechanisms.
+notification, or
+.B pid
+for timers that notify by other mechanisms.
 Following the "." is the PID of the process
 (or the kernel thread ID of the thread)  that will be delivered
 a signal if the timer delivers notifications via a signal.
@@ -2868,7 +2881,7 @@ a signal if the timer delivers notifications via a signal.
 .I ClockID
 This field identifies the clock that the timer uses for measuring time.
 For most clocks, this is a number that matches one of the user-space
 constants exposed via
 .IR <time.h> .

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