[TUHS] earliest Unix roff

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Sep 17 07:59:17 AEST 2019

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 02:54:49PM -0700, Jon Steinhart wrote:
> Larry McVoy writes:
> >
> > I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong, the info stuff was designed
> > to handle larger, more complex stuff, with a table of contents, etc.
> > Something like perl could fit in one info doc but the perl man page is
> > not a thing, it's just a series of pointers to more man pages.
> Can't answer you directly on this one, but I prefer the old system of
> having man pages and separate documents for longer things.  I still
> have old notebooks full of papers on lex, yacc, and so on.
> One of the problems with using info for something like perl is that it
> doesn't have a useful organization.  

We are 100% on the same page.  My complaint about wikis is it is impossible
to find anything without a search engine.  I like tables of contents and

My comment on the info stuff was just my understand of why it came to be.

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