man types.h

Lanoxx lanoxx at
Sat Jan 19 01:10:17 UTC 2013

On 18/01/13 14:57, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 02:05:47PM +0100, Lanoxx wrote:
>> On 17/01/13 13:40, Oliver Grawert wrote:
>>> Am Donnerstag, den 17.01.2013, 13:11 +0100 schrieb Lanoxx:
>>>> it seems that for solaris there exists a man page for types.h [1] but I
>>>> could not find such a man page on ubuntu. Could someone give me a hint,
>>>> why it does not exist or is the man page name just different on ubuntu?
>>> the manpage for types.h is in the manpages-posix-dev package, note that
>>> we dont install devleoper documentation by default ...
>> Thanks, that was what I was looking for. Maybe you can make
>> manpages-dev recommend this package, so it is automatically
>> installed if developer manpages are installed?
> The one in manpages-posix-dev is not really quite the same.  What that
> documents is what POSIX guarantees of <sys/types.h>, not what the system
> provides; so it won't tell you about any system-specific extensions,
> some of which might be very important to you (e.g. large file support).
> I think manpages-posix(-dev) are useful packages and I'm glad they
> exist; but I also think they should only be installed when people
> explicitly ask for them, because it's quite easy to miss the fact that
> you're looking at a manual page which documents POSIX guarantees rather
> than your actual system.
I see you point. Thank you for the explanation.

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