That doesn't answer any question that starts with the word 'why.' Furthermore, laughing at someone who is asking a serious question is unprofessional. I am surprised that someone with the title 'ubuntu forums admin' would be so disrespectful.
Originally Posted by bodhi.zazen
It is a dependency of bsdmainutils, according to the package description I have.
Originally Posted by sisco311
Thank you for pointing out that cpp is the preprocessor and not the compiler. I feel better about installing it if it comes to that. To satisfy my own curiosity, I think I'll build something small to replace /usr/bin/man
moses@equius:~$ apt-cache show man-db |grep Depends:
Depends: groff-base (>= 126.96.36.199-15), bsdmainutils,
debconf (>= 1.2.0) | debconf-2.0,
dpkg (>= 1.9.0), libc6 (>= 2.8),
libgdbm3 (>= 1.8.3), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4)
moses@equius:~$ apt-cache show bsdmainutils |grep Depends:
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.4), libncurses5 (>= 5.6+20071006-3),
bsdutils (>= 3.0-0), debianutils (>= 1.8), cpp