Subject: Re: bin/3297: no catman/makewhatis, undocumented options for man(1)
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From: Mike Long <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/06/1997 23:34:20
>Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 11:02:00 +0200 (EET)
> 1. I could find nothing for updating the whatis.db database,
> save for an obscure sed script in /usr/share/man. Is that it?
> How about a wrapper a la catman(1) and documentation?
There is a version of catman in the tree, but it's not built by
default because it doesn't grok /etc/man.conf.
> 3. The whatis.db database as shipped contains lots of
> references to pages which are not actually included in the
> distribution. Good example: almost all the output from
> fgrep 'device' /usr/share/man/whatis.db
whatis.db includes all machine-dependent manpages, not just those
that apply to your particular machine. This is correct because
whatis.db lives in /usr/share.
> 4. In search of a clue, I stumbled over a few undocumented
> switches in man(1):
> Ergo: Missing are -f, -k, and -P
Those options exist for backwards compatability only, so they are not
> 5. At one point after I had made my own whatis.db (but before
> adding _whatis /usr/local/man/whatis.db to man.conf) I noticed
> that man(1) would find my man pages in /usr/local whereas
> whatis(1) would not look for whatis.db in the same directory
> even if I didn't set up a $MANPATH. They both read man.conf,
> couldn't they grok it the same way too?
See PR 1904 for some code that does this. Someday we'll get around to
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