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0001334 [Online Pubs] Rationale Editorial Error 2020-04-07 19:28 2020-04-08 08:29
Reporter andras_farkas View Status public  
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Priority normal Resolution Accepted As Marked  
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Name Andras Farkas
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Section Portability Considerations
Summary 0001334: Possible bad troff to HTML conversion in Portability Considerations section of XRAT
Description In D.2.10 Command Language: [^]
In the list of commands, we have:

sleep, tee, test, CONVERSION ERROR (.Cm) time *,1 true, wait,

The conversion error text seems erroneous. time is also not a hyperlink to time.html, unlike the other commands in the list.
Desired Action Get rid of
text and make time a hyperlink to the intended time utility.
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Don Cragun (manager)
2020-04-07 23:35

In the PDF (P3771, L129440-129443) the only hyperlink is to Section 2.14. It would be nice if the utilities in that list were hyperlinks as in the on-line version.

The conversion error does not appear in the PDF. Note that time utility has a footnote in both the HTML and the PDF, but there is an extra space between "time" and "*" in the HTML that isn't in the PDF. I would guess that there is a bug in the .Cm macro processing when producing the HTML.
geoffclare (manager)
2020-04-08 08:04
edited on: 2020-04-08 08:05

It looks like the HTML translation tool doesn't correctly handle a footnote marker in a macro argument. The source here has:
.Cm time *,\*F
I looked for other places where "\*F" appears on a line beginning with "." and found there is only one other such place, and it also has a translation problem. It's in XRAT Section E Subprofiling Considerations under POSIX_SYMBOLIC_LINKS, where the troff source:
.Fn lchown ,\*F
is rendered in the HTML version as:


agadmin (administrator)
2020-04-08 08:12

This conversion error and two other conversion errors in XRAT have been corrected.
agadmin (administrator)
2020-04-08 08:28

The lchown conversion has also been fixed.

Files updated in XRAT:

Download bundles have been updated.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-04-07 19:28 andras_farkas New Issue
2020-04-07 19:28 andras_farkas Name => Andras Farkas
2020-04-07 19:28 andras_farkas Section => Portability Considerations
2020-04-07 23:35 Don Cragun Note Added: 0004815
2020-04-08 08:04 geoffclare Note Added: 0004819
2020-04-08 08:04 geoffclare Project 1003.1(2016)/Issue7+TC2 => Online Pubs
2020-04-08 08:05 geoffclare Note Edited: 0004819
2020-04-08 08:12 agadmin Note Added: 0004820
2020-04-08 08:28 agadmin Note Added: 0004821
2020-04-08 08:29 agadmin Status New => Applied
2020-04-08 08:29 agadmin Resolution Open => Accepted As Marked

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