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From: Michael Cummings <mcummings@g.o>
Subject: Re: Collision Protects
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 18:11:22 -0500
Yuval Yaari wrote:
> 
> Isn't there a more elegant way than preventing pod being converted to 
> man pages?
> I personally don't `man` my modules, so I won't suffer from it, but 
> maybe someone out there does? (otherwise, why is pod2man even being 
> invoked?).
> 
> Just my $.02...
> 
>  --Yuval

I'm open to suggestions on elegance - this was just the best I could 
come up with. The collision happens when a user installs a module that 
is also provided by the perl core. Since we toss everything into vendor 
(and then reverse the @inc so it wins the elections) the modules 
themselves never conflict - just the man3 pages. Personally, I've never 
man'd something I could perldoc (fwiw, this wouldn't affect the core 
perl docs, just those provided by add on ebuilds). As near as I can 
grok, pod2man is automatically invoked if INSTALLMAN3DIRS has a value - 
except you can't unset it in the perl install, or it will install of the 
perl core docs to / (believe you me, that was fun)(unless it was before 
I had the amazing ='none' syntax down right...in which case we might be 
able to avoid all of the man3 jazz).

Some other thoughts on the subject were to find a new, non man3 home for 
these man pages (leaving the core man3 pages where they are), or...well, 
I had this thought about utilizing the ebuilds we have for upgrading 
core perl modules, but that was even more convoluted and painful in the 
long run (@10 minutes after you finished installing perl, the pain would 
begin).

No worries, my fingers aren't even near a commit button :) (otherwise I 
wouldn't have posted it on here)

~mike
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