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Re: misc/46185: man pages fail in single user mode

The following reply was made to PR misc/46185; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Manuel Bouyer <>
Subject: Re: misc/46185: man pages fail in single user mode
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:57:12 +0100

 On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 03:55:00PM +0000, wrote:
 > NetBSD forsaken 6.0_BETA NetBSD 6.0_BETA (GENERIC) amd64
 > from NetBSD-daily (2012-03-09)
 > >Description:
 > NetBSD no longer ships with pregenerated catman pages - man generates them 
 > on demand.
 > When it does this it writes them to /tmp, then displays to the user.
 > Unfortunately in single user /tmp is non writable, so this fails.
 > >How-To-Repeat:
 > - boot single user
 > - run 'man fsck'
 > >Fix:
 > Workarounds:
 > - mount / R/W. Sometimes issues the manpage is needed specifically to 
 > address an issue with just this operation.
 > - mount tmpfs on /tmp
 > - mandoc /usr/share/man/... | less
 > A possible fix might be for man to default to piping its output direct to 
 > the display/$PAGER
 > This may prove annoying for people who currently expect there to be an 
 > actually temporary file which can be edited, but is less of an issue than no 
 > manpage access in single user mode.
 I guess man could try to create the file, and fall back to pipe if
 creating the file fails.
 Manuel Bouyer <>
      NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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