acute accent marks in man page

Bug #234771 reported by Jelmer Vernooij on 2008-05-25
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Jelmer Vernooij
bzr (Debian)
Fix Released
bzr (Ubuntu)

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Russ Allbery wrote:
> Package: bzr Version: 1.0-1 Severity: minor
> The man page generated by the tool tries to escape
> apostrophes with \. This doesn't work correctly with a current
> groff. \' is converted to an acute accent mark rather than an
> apostrophe.
> With groff, what you want is \(aq. Unfortunately, that's
> groff-specific and won't work with, for example, Solaris man.
> Pod::Man adds:
> .ie \n(.g .ds Aq \(aq .el .ds Aq '
> to the preamble of the man page and then uses \*(Aq as the escape
> for apostrophes in the man page.
  affects bzr
Version: GnuPG v1.4.6 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla -


Related branches

James Westby (james-w) on 2008-06-16
Changed in bzr:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in bzr (Debian):
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Anders Kaseorg (andersk) on 2010-10-19
summary: - Re: [Pkg-bazaar-maint] Bug#458157: bzr: acute accent marks in man page
+ acute accent marks in man page
Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer) wrote :

Newer versions of groff happily support "\'"

Changed in bzr:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Anders Kaseorg (andersk) wrote :

Uh, no they don’t. I have groff 1.21, the latest released version, and there are still acute accent marks in the man page. And I don’t see anything relevant in the post-1.21 CVS ChangeLog.

$ groff --version
GNU groff version 1.21

$ man bzr | grep ´
           --dry-run Show what would be done, but don´t
           --no-recurse Don´t recursively add the contents of
       recursively into versioned directories. If no names are given ´.´ is

Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-02-08
tags: added: manpage
Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer) on 2011-04-11
Changed in bzr (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer) on 2011-06-17
Changed in bzr (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
JC Hulce (soaringsky) wrote :

This bug is marked as being fixed upstream, but not in Ubuntu. However, we don't have any details about the upstream fix. What upstream revision/ version fixed this issue?

Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer) wrote :

There is some discussion over whether or not this is fixed.

Both ' and ` display properly in the bzr manpage here on Ubuntu 12.04, and I don't get any errors. If this is still an issue, please let us know where this shows up as a problem and/or how to reproduce it.

Changed in bzr:
status: Fix Released → Incomplete
Changed in bzr (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Anders Kaseorg (andersk) wrote :

The problem is still present in bzr 2.5.0: the man page still has acute accent marks instead of apostrophes, as you can check for yourself by running
man bzr | grep "´"
man bzr | grep "'"

Changed in bzr:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in bzr (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer) on 2012-03-14
Changed in bzr:
assignee: nobody → Jelmer Vernooij (jelmer)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Vincent Ladeuil (vila) on 2012-03-15
Changed in bzr:
milestone: none → 2.6b1
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in bzr (Debian):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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