.k5login man page

Greg Hudson ghudson at MIT.EDU
Tue Apr 19 13:42:14 EDT 2011

On Mon, 2011-04-18 at 14:44 -0400, Sam Hartman wrote:
> Hi.
> I got a Debian bug report that the .k5login man page  should be a
> k5login man page instead of a .k5login man page. I.E. man pages should
> not have a leading dot.
> That certainly seems true for the netrc man page.
> Any thoughts on whether there is a convention for this?

Tom and I did some poking around.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of
precedent for man pages for dotfiles.  The examples we came up with are:

* netrc(5) but not .netrc(5) on Ubuntu (and probably others)
* rhosts(4) but not .rhosts(4) on Solaris
* .rhosts(5) but not rhosts(5) on OSX

So, very few data points, and they aren't unanimous.  My intuition is
that the leading dot should be stripped, but I don't know where that
comes from.

One option is to install both.  I don't know if the reporter's concern
arises from the uncleanliness of having a dotfile
in /usr/share/man/man5, or a desire to be able to run "man k5login" and
get a man page.

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