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Re: Strange apropos(1) behavior?

On Fri, 19 Apr 2019, Paul Goyette wrote:

Should it be possible to use both the -l (legacy mode) option and specify a specific section -[1-9] ?

# apropos -l -8 specific
apropos: no such table: mandb
apropos: No relevant results obtained.
Please make sure that you spelled all the terms correctly or try using different keywords.

And another anomaly:

# apropos -p specific
apropos: Cannot allocate 140187716927593 bytes: Cannot allocate memory

And while we're at it, the man page for apropos(1) says that the -p option _defaults_ to using more(1) as the pager, implying that it should be possible to use a different pager. Yet there is no option to tell apropos to which other pager the output should be piped!

And finally, the -P option is documented in the apropos(1) man page as also "Turn on pager formatting". Is this correct? Or should one of these two options be a "Turn _off_ pager formatting" ? :)

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