[Fedora-packaging] .gz suffix of compressed man pages in spec files

Martin Gieseking martin.gieseking at uos.de
Sun Oct 18 11:50:20 UTC 2009


during the review process of gtrayicon 
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=524605) the question was 
raised whether or not the .gz suffix of compressed manual pages should 
be omitted in a spec file.
Since rpm automatically compresses man pages in a transparent process, I 
prefer to avoid appending the explicit suffix and use asterisks instead. 
On the other hand, adding .gz doesn't hurt as long as the compression 
method stays unchanged.
So my question is: Is it up to the packager to either use 
%{_mandir}/man1/foo.1.gz or %{_mandir}/man1/foo.1*? I couldn't find any 
recommendation on this in the Fedora guidelines.


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