Re: Removal of catman from base

From: Lyndon Nerenberg <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:48:13 -0700 (PDT)
On Tue, 12 Sep 2017, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:

> I'm pretty sure that SVR1 had catman and roff was an extra and somewhat
> pricey software package.

The SVR1 (and 2) systems I had access to were all CTIX, and it shipped 
with nroff/troff.  And the 3B4000 & 3B2s I used later (SVR2 and later) 
also had nroff/troff.

Maybe you're thinking of ditroff (Device Independent Troff) that was sold 
for gobs of $$$ through the AT&T Toolchest.  Certainly none of the SVRx 
machines I used shipped with ditroff.  I don't even think ditroff was on 
our 3B2 SVR3 source tapes.

But I very clearly recall the absense of manpage source on that SVR3 tape. 
I remember howling bloody murder at AT&T Canada over that.  This was at 
Athabasca University - a distance education institution.  We typeset all 
our own course materials (using Softquad's sqtroff), and not being able to 
include properly typeset manpages with the course documentation 
(especially reflecting our local modifications to the systems) made me ... 

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