about patch for man pages

Hleb Valoshka 375gnu at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 18:03:53 UTC 2012

Lintial (tool to check debian packages) says:

This manual page seems to contain a hyphen where a minus sign was
intended. By default, "-" chars are interpreted as hyphens (U+2010) by
groff, not as minus signs (U+002D). Since options to programs use minus
signs (U+002D), this means for example in UTF-8 locales that you cannot
cut and paste options, nor search for them easily. The Debian groff
package currently forces "-" to be interpreted as a minus sign due to
the number of manual pages with this problem, but this is a
Debian-specific modification and hopefully eventually can be removed.

"-" must be escaped ("\-") to be interpreted as minus. If you really
intend a hyphen (normally you don't), write it as "\(hy" to emphasise
that fact. See groff(7) and especially groff_char(7) for details, and
also the thread starting with

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