bugfindutils - Bugs: bug #21270, Improved manpage formatting


bug #21270: Improved manpage formatting

Submitter:  Andreas Metzler <ametzler>
Submitted:  Sat 06 Oct 2007 12:33:01 PM UTC
Category:  documentation Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  jay
Originator Name:  Andre Majorel Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  4.2.31 Fixed Release:  4.3.11
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Sat 06 Oct 2007 12:33:01 PM UTC, original submission:  

This http://bugs.debian.orgs/445200 submiited by Andre Majorel:
Dear findutils maintainer,

1)  In the xargs(1) man page, in the OPTIONS subsection, the names of the options are in italic. They should be in bold.

In addition, the long name is listed first. Short name first would be more readable.

Recommendation : replace
      .I "\-\-arg\-file=3Dfile, \-a file"
      \fB\-a\fP \fIfile\fP, \fB\-\-arg\-file=3D\fP\fIfile\fP
and so on.

2)  The OPTIONS section is erroneously a subsection.

Recommendation : replace


I think it is clear that item 2 is a bug. I do not know about item 1, though. Is there a (semi-)official policy on manpage formatting which requires options to be bold? man(1) seems to suggest that this is the case but I do not know whether this source is authoritative.
cu andreas

Andreas Metzler <ametzler>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2007-12-02 jay Open/ClosedOpen Closed
        Fixed ReleaseNone 4.3.11
    2007-11-22 jay StatusIn Progress Fixed
    2007-11-17 jay StatusNone In Progress
        Assigned toNone jay
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