Removal of catman from base

From: Gordon Tetlow <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:42:00 -0700

I wanted to announce my intention to remove the catman utility.

For those that are unaware, this utility (disabled by default) is
generally run out of a periodic job and causes the system to cache
pre-formatted man pages into the /usr/share/man/cat* directories. With
modern hardware, it doesn't seem to be necessary to have pre-formatted
man pages as rendering them is short enough to not be noticeable.

Please note, this will not disable the ability to render cat pages or in
any other way use existing cat pages, it just removes the utility that
builds the cat pages. As such, any ports that install cat pages will
continue to work.

Received on Tue Sep 12 2017 - 16:42:04 UTC

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