[tz] Doubts about a typo fix

Alejandro Colomar alx.manpages at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 19:31:22 UTC 2022

Hi Paul,

I don't undertstand the commit shown below.  It breaks the '-' symbol, which now 
is a hyphen.  See the table mentioned yesterday:

          │Keycap   Appearance and meaning   Special character and meaning   │
          │"        " neutral double quote   \[dq] neutral double quote      │
          │'        ’ closing single quote   \[aq] neutral apostrophe        │
          │-        ‐ hyphen                 \- or \[-] minus sign/Unix dash │
          │\        (escape character)       \e or \[rs] reverse solidus     │
          │^        ˆ modifier circumflex    \(ha circumflex/caret/“hat”     │
          │`        ‘ opening single quote   \(ga grave accent               │
          │~        ˜ modifier tilde         \(ti tilde                      │

So, at least, it should be (but I believe the initial code was correct):

.q "zic \*\-r @$(date +%s)"

However, I wonder what that \* is intending to do there (I can see no difference 
in my screen with or without it).




commit 918e10e8963b3c0d38d3b5fb8ec9cf08ecd03757
Author: Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>
Date:   Tue Jul 12 06:26:53 2022 -0700

     * zic.8: fix minus typo

diff --git a/zic.8 b/zic.8
index 0cd0781e..e8816e5b 100644
--- a/zic.8
+++ b/zic.8
@@ -145,7 +145,7 @@ .SH OPTIONS
  31-bit signed integers.
  On platforms with GNU
  .BR date ,
-.q "zic \-r @$(date +%s)"
+.q "zic \*-r @$(date +%s)"
  omits data intended for past timestamps.
  Although this option typically reduces the output file's size,
  the size can increase due to the need to represent the timestamp range

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