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Re: mandoc + re-using POSIX specs

From: Stathis Kamperis <ekamperi@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 18:15:24 +0200

For once more, I forgot to press "reply to all":

2009/11/3 Saifi Khan <saifi.khan@datasynergy.org>:
> Hi:
> While there is a discussion happening (on another thread) in the
> context of usage of mandoc, is it a good idea to review the
> 'possibility of re-using POSIX specs for manual pages' ?
> the original thread is here,
> http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/mailarchive/docs/2004-01/index.html
> i've read the entire 'docs' 2003-till date archives and couldn't
> figure out how the POSIX related discussion was concluded.
> What is the current understanding on this issue ?

We are already using stuff from POSIX specs, giving of course the
proper attribution.

E.g., http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man?command=mq_open&section=ANY
E.g, http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man?command=csinh&section=ANY
(all complex arithmetic functions, and perhaps other math-related
functions as well)

(look at the big COPYRIGHT section in the end of it).

I've read the old thread you pasted. I honestly don't know whether we
should explicitly be granted the right to do so or putting the
COPYRIGHT section is enough. Both the examples I mentioned refer to
source code that was ported from NetBSD and FreeBSD. As stupid as it
may sound, do you people think that I should contact Open Group "just
in case" ?

Legal matters put aside, I think that we should only do it if we
provide an implementation that is ~100% close to the standard _and_ we
don't have the human/time resource to roll our own docs.

Best regards,
Stathis Kamperis

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