markdown source for manpages in the jdk source tree

Jonathan Dowland jdowland at
Mon Oct 19 09:57:43 UTC 2020

Hi David,

Thanks for replying!

On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 08:06:46AM +1000, David Holmes wrote:
> The mardown source for the manpages is not currently open-source but is
> maintained by Oracle.

Thanks for confirming. Do you know whether there's any plans for this to
change, or whether a request to Open Source these would have much chance
of being accepted?

Backporting the build-script changes to generate the nroff files is
obviously less appealing without the markdown sources too. Another
advantage (to Oracle, and everyone) of opening the source documents
would be opening the possibility of third parties contributing doc fixes
more easily.

Best wishes,

���� Jonathan Dowland <jdowland at>
Senior Software Engineer, OpenJDK, Red Hat

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