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bin/47939: catman does not honor makemandb and will error-out when called with '-w', /etc/weekly.conf is wrong too

>Number:         47939
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       catman does not honor makemandb and will error-out when called 
>with '-w', /etc/weekly.conf is wrong too
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Jun 17 08:40:00 +0000 2013
>Originator:     Dr. Wolfgang Stukenbrock
>Release:        NetBSD 6.1
Dr. Nagler & Company GmbH
System: NetBSD test-s0 5.1.2 NetBSD 5.1.2 (NSW-WS) #3: Fri Dec 21 15:15:43 CET 
2012 wgstuken@test-s0:/usr/src/sys/arch/amd64/compile/NSW-WS amd64
Architecture: x86_64
Machine: amd64
        Since NetBSD 6.x the way manual full text search is done changed from 
"old-style" whatis to makemandd (/var/run/man.db).
        The binary installatin files honor this - no /usr/libexec/makewhatis is 
installed anymore, but the command
        catman still tries to call it if called with option '-w'.

        The default setup in /etc/weekly.conf is also wrong for systems useing 
        There 'rebuild_whatisdb=YES' is still included and not 
'rebuild_mandb=YES' that would rebuld the database.

        Install e.g. 6.1 and call "catman -w".
        You will see the followin error message:

usr/libexec/makewhatis /usr/share/man
sh: /usr/libexec/makewhatis: not found
catman: *** Exited 32512

        The exit value of catman is 1, so any script (or cron-job) that uses 
this and check the return value will
        fail too.

        The correct way would be to change the implemantation of the catman 
command, so that it does no longer
        call /usr/libexec/makewhatis if makemandb is the way the current system 
is setup.
        I'm not shure about the way how to figure this out - either at compile 
time or at runtime.
        (The "makemandb" selection is used when building binary sets from 

        A possible sollution at runtime would be to check for the 
/usr/libexec/makewhatis binary prior calling it
        and - depending on the correct way to handle makemandb-recreation - 
either do nothing, print a warning or error
        message or call an other program ("/usr/sbin/makemandb" with some 
options as far as I've seen till now) to do
        the requested job.

        On systems that uses makemandb, in /etc/weekly.conf there should be
        ''rebuild_whatisdb=NO' and 'rebuild_mandb=YES' instead of 
        I'm not shure how to detect this during compilation. In the list-files 
the "makemandb" selection does this when
        building the binary sets.


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