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bug #55081: me: two-column output does not work with very long page lengths

Submitted by:  Dave <barx>
Submitted on:  Fri 23 Nov 2018 10:44:53 PM UTC  
Category:  Macro - me Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Incorrect behaviour Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None

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Fri 23 Nov 2018 10:44:53 PM UTC, original submission:  

I discovered this bug on groff 1.22.2, but it is also present in a groff built from the latest source in git.

For nroff output, it is often desirable to eliminate "page" breaks for text meant to be read in a pager such as "less."  The groff info manual gives advice on how to do this: "set the page length at the beginning of the document to a very large value."

However, this breaks -me's two-column macros.

.pl 158
Column 1.
Column 2.

Pipe the above into "nroff -me | grep ." and the output is as expected:

Column 1.                       Column 2.

But change the 158 to any higher number, and the columns are no longer output correctly:

Column 1.
Column 2.

This puts an unreasonable upper limit on the very large value one can specify to accommodate nroff output.

Dave <barx>
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