Subject: Re: volunteers to fix catman?
To: None <,>
From: Ross Harvey <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/14/1998 22:03:22
> From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>
> Greg A. Woods writes:
> > I think it would be cool if makewhatis(8) also created separate (or
> > additional) *.db files for all possible machine architectures, and if
> > apropos(1) and whatis(1) were extended to understand the MACHINE
> > environment variable and whatever command-line flags might be added to
> > man(1) to compliment the use of the MACHINE environment variable.
> BTW, traditionally, the job of makewhatis(8) was done by catman(8).
> > Oh, and if I remember I'll submit a PR with a patch to add references to
> > makewhatis(8) where appropriate (unless someone beats me to it! ;-).
> Dunno. If we get catman working...

While you guys are at it, it would also be nice if the whatis.db files
were somehow merged automatically when building snapshots. The problem
is that you first build for EXPORTABLE_SYSTEM=1 and then you build
in domestic. There is an annoying manual step needed to merge whatis.db.