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bug #55091: stop stripping comments and spaces from installed macro packages

Submitted by:  Dave <barx>
Submitted on:  Sun 25 Nov 2018 03:06:30 AM UTC  
Category:  Macro - others Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Build/Installation Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  1.22.5

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Tue 19 Mar 2019 05:00:05 PM UTC, comment #1: 

A proposed patch to stop stripping the mdoc macro set was posted to the groff email list:


In ensuing discussion (which thread continues at http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/groff/2019-03/msg00020.html), most people favor installing only the unstripped file, and one person argues for installing both stripped and unstripped.  No one has advocated for the current practice, that of installing only the stripped file.

Dave <barx>
Sun 25 Nov 2018 03:06:30 AM UTC, original submission:  

This has historically been a contentious issue on the email list, but the discussion is hard to find in the archive, so I'm opening this bug report to consolidate it in one place.

And truthfully, the last couple of times it came up, no one stepped forward to defend the practice of stripping.  See threads starting at:

The trade-off under consideration is between execution speed (stripped files) and readability of the files (unstripped files).  The performance argument becomes less relevant the more time passes, while the legibility argument remains unchanged.  This suggests that eventually there will be a tipping point, where the gains in performance will no longer justify the loss of legibility.

Is 2018 that point?

Are there any holdouts who want to argue in favor of continuing to strip?

Dave <barx>


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