Installing man/html pages

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Mon Dec 11 17:34:31 UTC 2017

Hal Murray via devel <devel at>:
> Are we installing man pages in the right place?  Do distros agree on where to 
> install them?

Linux distros *mostly* agree, but some other Unixes disagree.

The Classic recipe had a lot of hair to deal with this because it
predates the era when distribution packagers were expected to deal
with this sort of thing.

I threw all that hair out in favor of *letting* the distro makers
deal.  They have the apparatus and the local policy knowledge; we don't.

> Does anybody who wants man pages also want html versions?


> Do we have anything in one format that isn't in the other?

There's a very small amount of material that isn't replicated.  I have
aought to minimize this for constency.

> Do we want an install option to install only man pages?  The idea is to help 
> packages split our stuff into ntpsec and ntpsec-doc.
>   ./waf install --nodoc --destdir=here
>   ./waf install --doconly --destdir=there

I wouldn't object.  But I don't think it's very important, either.
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