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standards/39448: Bug in man.conf -> Manual page paths longer than 3 main subdirectories are ignored
>Synopsis: Bug in man.conf -> Manual page paths longer than 3 main
>subdirectories are ignored
>Arrival-Date: Tue Sep 02 02:30:00 +0000 2008
>Originator: Saskia van Schagen
NetBSD sa5kia 4.0 NetBSD 4.0 (GENERIC) #0: Sun Dec 16 00:20:10 PST 2007
With lots of Sun Solaris expierience and a newbe with NetBSD, I have struggled
for 2 hours with my MANPATH. After finding out the MANPATH variable overwrites
existing manpaths completely (because apperently, for some strange reason, the
variable is not set by default), I found the /etc/man.conf file. But in this
file there is a bug: Only paths with 2 subdirectories before the "man"
subdirectory may be specified, otherwise they (longer directories) will be
completely ignored. For example, a directory like /usr/apache2/man is ok, but
having the manpages in in /usr/local/apache2/man, then its impossible to put
them in the man.conf and have them working. This is very irritating, cause I
might not want to install software AND their manpages directly in a root
directory, but now, I just HAVE to...
Furthermore, I have NetBSD since yesterday and I'm already a big fan, I love
your OS, so much better then the messy Solaris... No bullshit, no trash, just
straith to the point and secure, I love it!!
Put /usr/apache2/man in the /etc/man.conf and "man httpd" will work. BUT:
Having the manpages in /usr/apache2/man and then put /usr/local/apache2/man in
/etc/man.conf and "man httpd" won't work...
I couldn't find any fix or anybody else on the internet having the same
problem, very strange...
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