Bug 153

Summary: Info re: man.conf location/name is incorrect w.r.t. source
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: forrest
Component: manAssignee: Cristian Gafton <gafton>
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Version: 5.2CC: forrest
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Last Closed: 1999-02-12 16:45:31 UTC Type: ---
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Description forrest 1998-11-20 22:32:29 UTC
The man-1.5f-1 package seems like it might have a problem.
I was having a problem with man so I fetched the source
(1.5f-1 is right for 5.2 right?)  The INSTALL indicates that
the config file has moved, but it says the new location is
"/etc/man.conf" whereas the actual file installed from the
binary package is "/etc/man.config".  Neither of which
matters though because, as configured, the source builds
a man that want's the configuration file in

What started this all is a problem I had with a substitute
shell that has built-ins for common commands (like "cat")
that are dynamically linked.  Since setgid makes
LD_LIBRARY_PATH settings invalid, I was hoping to override
the "cat" usage via the configuration file.  As it turns out
that wouldn't have helped anyway because of line 490 of
man.c where "cat" is hardcoded without reference to the
environment variable "CAT".  Perhaps line 490 should be
replaced with:

          char *cat = getval("CAT");
          sprintf (eos(buf), "%s %s", cat ? cat : "cat",

That's all.

Comment 1 Mike Maher 1999-02-12 16:45:59 UTC
This first part of the question seems to be untrue as compared to the
src/man-config.c file:
char *configuration_file = "[no configuration file]";

char *default_config_files[] = {
     CONFIG_FILE,               /* compiled-in default */
     "/usr/lib/man.config", "/usr/lib/man.conf",
     "/", "/etc/man.conf",
     "/usr/share/misc/man.config", "/usr/share/misc/man.conf"

Just in case however, the order has been changed parse /etc/man.config

The CAT patch was added as well.