[ITP] italic-man

Thomas Wolff towo@towo.net
Thu Feb 16 19:17:45 GMT 2023

Am 16.02.2023 um 19:59 schrieb Jon Turney:
> On 21/01/2023 17:04, Thomas Wolff via Cygwin-apps wrote:
>> italic-man installs two scripts and hooks them into the workflow of 
>> the 'man' command so that the italic attribute of manual pages is 
>> actually displayed as italics in terminals that support it.
>> cygport file attached
> Thanks very much for having another go at this.
> I'm still not overly keen on postinstall/preremove scripts which 
> modify a configuration file belonging to another package, so I think 
> I'm going to defer to Achim on approving this.
> Taking a step back, may I ask a couple of questions?
> - Can this be done as a patch to man-db and/or groff?
> (perhaps with a separate man-italic package which just contains a 
> marker file which enables the functionality?)
> - (If different) how would this be done in an upstreamable way?
Thanks for taking a look.
I understand your hesitation but there are a number of zp_ postinstall 
scripts around that make updates to mandb, mime db, desktop, various 
caches, maybe crontab.
Well, yes, there could be a zp_ script for man that makes this entry to 
/etc/man_db.conf itself in the presence of the italic-man package. If 
that's desired and someone else updates man, I will cooperate on this.
I think the installation of italic-man does this in an upstreamable way 
except for the postinstall mechanism of course which seems to be 
different (if existent at all) everywhere.

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