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Re: bin/1904

The following reply was made to PR bin/1904; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: bin/1904
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:36:05 +0000

 On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 09:50:00AM +0000, Abhinav Upadhyay wrote:
  >  Is this still relevant?
  >  The first two issues regarding apropos and whatis are not valid anymore
  >  as we don't use whatis.db for them.
  >  Not quite sure about the 3rd and 4th points.
 The last point (the one about using catman) is wrong; or at
 least, not useful. The build rules in the default man.conf are supposed
 to be consistent with the build rules in the makefiles; using custom
 rules from an installed man.conf is not consistent with the principle
 of the build being self-contained, cross builds working reliably, etc.
 Also it's only relevant if one is generating cat pages at build time,
 which has not been the default for some years now.
 The other point "catman doesn't work with /etc/man.conf and linked
 manpages" ... not even sure what that means. However, I guess we might
 want some of the patches to catman(8) in here...
 David A. Holland

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