[tex-live] Perl availability in the TeX-Live build environment

Joachim Schrod jschrod at acm.org
Sun Jul 1 17:53:59 CEST 2007

>>>>> "WL" == Werner LEMBERG <wl at gnu.org> writes:

>> I want to update the dviljk man page; it is both incomplete and has
>> wrong information. Since my nroff-foo is not really good, I will
>> write it as a POD file and generate the man page by Perl.

WL> Alternatively, send me the file after your update so that I can fix
WL> the groff stuff.

Thanks for your offer. Independently of this special case, I think
using POD is really a great way to write man pages -- the created
nroff source works on all Unix systems and the POD syntax is almost
obvious at first glance. Once upon a time, I knew about man markup,
but after I detected POD I forgot almost all of it because I didn't
need it any more.

That goes so far that currently many of my shell scripts end with

    : <<'=cut'

    ... man page for shell script


and thus have embodied and working man pages -- and I tend to keep
them much more up to date than I did before when they were in some
auxilliary file.


Joachim Schrod				Email: jschrod at acm.org
Roedermark, Germany

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