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Re: [Packaging error] Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: mingw-runtime-3.12-1

[Moved to cygwin-apps per Igor's suggestion]

On Apr  4 10:34, Igor Peshansky wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Apr 2007, Chris Sutcliffe wrote:
> > Sorry, I must have come to the wrong conclusion.  I had thought that
> > since Cygwin by default installs man pages to /usr/share/man
> > installing the MinGW specific man pages in /usr/man as long as they
> > were prefixed with 'mingw-' was OK.  This allows users to do a 'man
> > mingw-dirname' without having to modify their MANPATH.

The FHS defines /usr/share/man as the path for man pages.  Thus we want
to get rid of /usr/man.

> > If it's desired that they not be included, I'll produce an updated
> > release with them removed.
> IMO, if they are already prefixed by "mingw-", they can go into
> /usr/share/man -- there's no chance they'll be confused with Cygwin's
> manpages.  But perhaps we should move this discussion to -apps, and inform
> this list of the final decision.

I'm somewhat unhappy with the idea to include MingW man pages in a
Cygwin installation.  Cygwin and MingW are just two different beasts, no
matter that they run on the same base OS.  I would prefer either not to
install MingW man pages at all in Cygwin, or to create a specific
mingw-manpages package which installs the man pages in a MingW specific
folder like, say, /usr/share/doc/mingw/man.  This package should only be
installed on explicit request by the user.  It could come with .sh and a
.csh shell script in /etc/profile.d which sets MANPATH as
/etc/profile.d/openssl.*sh does.  OTOH, the requirement to prefix the
man pages with "mingw-" would still exist so that no user confuses MingW
and Cygwin man pages.  Am I overcomplicating things?


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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