[RFC v4] system_data_types.7: Document sigval, ssize_t, suseconds_t, time_t, timer_t, timespec & timeval

Andries E. Brouwer Andries.Brouwer at cwi.nl
Wed Sep 16 10:06:49 UTC 2020

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 10:03:13AM +0200, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
> [CC += AEB]
>> Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) dixit:
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>>>> +.\"
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>> I severely object.
> The "verbatim" license has been the most widely used license in
> manual pages, almost since the inception of the project 27 years
> ago. (Currently more than half of the pages carry this license.)
> I don't know the origin of the license (perhaps AEB does),

Digging through old sources reveals:

I started maintaing man-pages in 1995.
My first release was man-pages-1.6.
That release contained 245 man pages with the above license.

The first release that had the above license was man-pages-1.4,
released Sep 1994 by Rik Faith.
It contained 234 man pages with the above license.
man-pages-1.4.Announce describes that there are now
238 pages with "verbatim copying" and
41 pages with "GNU General Public License".

Earlier, man-pages-1.3 (released Jun 1994) by Rik Faith had
messy copyright statements or nothing at all, and Rik Faith made
for 1.4 a serious attempt at providing each page with a proper license.

So, this text came from Rik Faith.
It mentions "this manual page", so was probably written
especially for this manpage collection.
You might ask him for further details.


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