Installing BIND 9's MAN pages

Lee, Elizabeth Elizabeth.Lee.contractor at
Wed Mar 28 21:54:18 UTC 2001


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher L. Barnard [mailto:cbar44 at]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 8:16 PM
To: bind-users at
Subject: Re: Installing BIND 9's MAN pages

> [the fact that BIND uses the BSD mandoc type of man pages, which Solaris
>  does not support]
> Consult the archives or the archives of bind9-users. The subject has
> been explained several times.

Just out of curiousity, where do you go to get these archives?  Nominum
archives the bind and bind9 mailing lists, but there is no search.  So to
an article on a particular subject, you have to go through every single
article.  Not very useful.

> So to get prettily formatted man pages on this platform,
> format them with the mandoc macros.

Except, of course, that they are not installed with Solaris as you just

> The least painful way to do that
> is install groff which uses them automatically. Or try

Actually it does not.  Feeding a man page from Bind though groff results in
almost completely unreadable text.  It is the libraries (in particular
that are needed, not just the groff package.

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