Am 18.10.2009 18:21, schrieb Tom Lane:
Ralf Corsepius<rc040203(a)freenet.de> writes:
> On 10/18/2009 05:09 PM, Chuck Anderson wrote:
>> IMO, * should be used so that if/when we change to bzip2 or xz or
>> some other compression method you won't have to update spec files.
> Agreed. *.specs which use *.gz will break, should Fedora switch to a
> different compression.
> ... other distros did so many years, ago.
I remember being told that the specfile should be agnostic as to whether
manpage compression is used at all, let alone what kind it is.
"*" accomplishes that (and ".*" doesn't, so it's still easy
to get it
wrong). If this isn't spelled out in the guidelines, it probably should
be, because sooner or later a specfile that uses ".gz" is going to
Thank you all for the clarification and for confirming my initial
thought. I agree that it would be helpful to add a note on the
recommended man patterns to the guidelines.