bugGNU roff - Bugs: bug #64684, [nroff] would like support for...


bug #64684: [nroff] would like support for option clusters

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Sat 16 Sep 2023 10:59:55 PM UTC
Category:  Core Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Feature change Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None
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Sat 27 Jan 2024 06:05:37 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Nit: -a is not a recognized nroff option, so that specific command would fail anyway.

Dave <barx>
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Sat 16 Sep 2023 10:59:55 PM UTC, original submission:  

This is unfortunate.

$ groff -atz ./EXPERIMENTS/simple-table.roff # successful
$ nroff -atz ./EXPERIMENTS/simple-table.roff
/home/branden/groff-stable/bin/nroff: usage error: invalid option '-at'
usage: /home/branden/groff-stable/bin/nroff [-bcCEhikpRStUVz] [-d ctext] [-d string=text] [-K fallback-encoding] [-m macro-package] [-M macro-directory] [-n page-number] [-o page-list] [-P postprocessor-argument] [-r cnumeric-expression] [-r register=numeric-expression] [-T output-device] [-w warning-category] [-W warning-category] [file ...]
usage: /home/branden/groff-stable/bin/nroff {-v | --version}
usage: /home/branden/groff-stable/bin/nroff --help

Might be tricky to handle in a shell script.  Could require recursive parsing, or "unshifting" arguments onto the list in addition to the well-trodden ground of shifting them off.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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