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From: Ingo Schwarze <>
To: Michael Forney <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add POSIX.1-2017 to St macro
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2020 03:56:51 +0100	[thread overview]
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In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Michael,

Michael Forney wrote on Tue, Mar 03, 2020 at 06:16:44PM -0800:

> Index: st.c
> ===================================================================
> RCS file: /cvs/mandoc/st.c,v
> retrieving revision 1.16
> diff -u -r1.16 st.c
> --- st.c	14 Dec 2018 01:18:26 -0000	1.16
> +++ st.c	4 Mar 2020 01:56:06 -0000
> @@ -37,6 +37,7 @@
>  LINE("-p1003.1-2001",	"IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (\\(lqPOSIX.1\\(rq)")
>  LINE("-p1003.1-2004",	"IEEE Std 1003.1-2004 (\\(lqPOSIX.1\\(rq)")
>  LINE("-p1003.1-2008",	"IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (\\(lqPOSIX.1\\(rq)")
> +LINE("-p1003.1-2017",	"IEEE Std 1003.1-2017 (\\(lqPOSIX.1\\(rq)")
>  LINE("-p1003.1",	"IEEE Std 1003.1 (\\(lqPOSIX.1\\(rq)")
>  LINE("-p1003.1b",	"IEEE Std 1003.1b (\\(lqPOSIX.1b\\(rq)")
>  LINE("-p1003.1b-93",	"IEEE Std 1003.1b-1993 (\\(lqPOSIX.1b\\(rq)")

No, absolutely not.  That is not a new version of POSIX, it is
merely the incorporation of a technical corrigendum.  Manual pages
ought to continue referncing -p1003.1-2008.

In those very rare cases where the TC might require code changes,
those code changes can usually be considered bug fixes but do not
change how the related features are supposed to work and how they
need to be documented.

Even if a handful of manual pages need to reference the TC, for
example to make it explicit that the program in questions conforms
to some changed behaviour required by the TC, that doesn't require
a dedicated macro.  Such an unusual case ought to be described more
explicitly if it really matters and not only by changing a number
that most readers will almost certainly overlook.  And i haven't
even seen a single example yet where discussing the TC in a manual
page might be required...

Besides, this has already been discussed repeatedly.

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Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-04  2:16 Michael Forney
2020-03-04  2:56 ` Ingo Schwarze [this message]
2020-03-04  3:50   ` Michael Forney
2020-03-16 10:01     ` Ingo Schwarze

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