OpenBSD Journal

mandoc(1) Reaches 1.12.2

Contributed by tbert on from the two-and-a-half-manpages dept.

Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) writes in with an update on mandoc:

I'm pleased to announce that version 1.12.2 of mandoc(1) has just been released from

This is intended as a stable production release, the code contained herein has been thoroughly tested in OpenBSD-current for a long time and is very close to what will be released with OpenBSD 5.4 on November 1, 2013.

It is recommended that all downstream ports maintainers upgrade their systems to use:

The main new feature in 1.12.2 is a fully functional mdoc(7) to man(7) converter, to be called as mandoc -Tman. Todd C. Miller has already been using this feature to prepare the portable releases of sudo(8) since sudo-1.8.6 on September 4, 2012, see

In the 18 months since the mdoc-1.12.1 release, support for some missing man(7) features was added and many bugs were fixed in the mdoc(7), man(7) and tbl(7) parsers and formatters. For more information about changes in the past, see and the CVS web interface at

I'd like to thank Todd Miller for suggesting the -Tman feature and for providing repeated feedback while it was being implemented, as well as many other people having reported bugs and sent patches. Special thanks to all those having helped with release testing on various platforms in addition to my own testing on OpenBSD and Linux, in particular Thomas Klausner (NetBSD), Ulrich Spoerlein (FreeBSD), Franco Fichtner (DragonFly and MacOS X), Ben Gras (Minix3), and - of course! - Kristaps Dzonsons (Linux and MacOS X).

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