[TUHS] man-page style

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Fri Nov 30 05:36:56 AEST 2018

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 12:33 PM Chet Ramey <chet.ramey at case.edu> wrote:

> On 11/29/18 11:13 AM, Grant Taylor via TUHS wrote:
> > On 11/29/2018 11:48 AM, Larry McVoy wrote:
> >> Indeed.  Sendmail got a lot of hate but mostly from people in pure
> >> user at host.domain worlds.
> >
> > Do you have any idea why the user at host.domain community hated on
> Sendmail
> > more than other communities?
> They didn't need its flexibility, so they had all kinds of bones to pick
> with the architecture.

The problem we had at the university was that it got things almost right.
Almost. And to track down WTF the macros were doing that caused the almost
was, well, almost impossible due to the twisty, turny nature of the
implementation that made the twists in colossal cave  look sane and

Without extreme tweaking, it wouldn't handle foo!bar!bas%bitnet at grubkle.edu
correctly...  Mostly because it was ambiguous and the definition of correct
changed as we went from being a UUCP leaf node to being a full denizen of
the internet on NSFNET.

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