[Rubygems-developers] [ rubygems-Patches-27691 ] Patch: Manual Page support

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Patches item #27691, was opened at 2010-01-14 23:31
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Category: `gem install` (extensions)
Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 3
Submitted By: Michael Edgar (adgar)
Assigned to: Nobody (None)
Summary: Patch: Manual Page support

Initial Comment:
This patch adds support for manual page installation to RubyGems. 

Manfiles can be:
    explicitly specified in the specification (via the array attribute :manual_pages)
    implicitly discovered in the man/ directory of a gem.

Implicitly discovered manfiles are only installed if they have a filename acceptable as a manfile (.1, .2, ... .8, .9, .n, .l) OR if they contain required groff macros for manfiles.

Manfiles are installed and updated with the install/update commands. There is an option for these (in the install/update section) :install_manual, which defaults to false if you are windows, and true otherwise.

Manfiles are removed during the uninstall command.

Currently manfiles are installed into /usr/share/man/ . Since this requires superuser permissions, gems installed/updated/removed without "sudo" will print a friendly message explaining that their manuals were not affected. Installation will still succeed.

Lastly, all manuals installed by the rubygems extension are "watermarked" - a small comment is put at the top of the manfile saying it was installed by Rubygems. No manual files will ever be deleted unless they have that watermark, preventing a maliciously crafted gem from removing crucial built-in manfiles.

24 tests containing a total of 40 assertions are included. Every method in the "manual manager" is covered.


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