[OS X TeX] MANPATH, MANPATH_MAP and i-Packages

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri Sep 8 07:24:02 EDT 2006

Am 08.09.2006 um 12:45 schrieb Bruno Voisin:

> Any thoughts?

Set up a suitable MANPATH in ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist!

The environment variable "overwrites" the contents of any /usr/share/ 

A second class choice would be the sym-link /usr/local/share/man - 
 > ../../man. It's second class because some tool might delete it.  
This can't work with an environment variable.

(I think /usr/share/misc/man.conf comes from a time when super  
computers ran at at least 1 MHz. And at least 1 MB RAM [far more than  
a PC had, and some PCs had almost unused Laser Printers with a  
manyfold of its memory]. Then 'man <anything>' could take a few  
minutes – waiting for the first lines of output. So one idea was to  
sacrifice even slower disk space to create pre-formatted man pages,  
the .cat files. If man found the cat file for a man page it showed  
the cat file. This was faster then formatting again the man page. The  
christian epoch is not the only one, of course, could be in others  
there was not such a big leap upwards in the year's number, so that  
some might see a continuous development ...)



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