Bug 48468

Summary: makewhats in latest release of man conflicts with tmpwatch
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: mitchell mcgee <mitchm>
Component: manAssignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer <bero>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: Ben Levenson <benl>
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Version: 7.0CC: sjcjonker
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Description mitchell mcgee 2001-07-10 18:54:09 UTC
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Description of problem:
man-1.5i2-0.7x appears to have introduced a version of makewhatis that 
creates a whatis file in /var/cache/man for Appache.  

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Occurs automatically if makewhatis.cron runs from cron (/etc/cron.daily 
or /etc/cron.weekly) and Appache exists on the system.
2.running /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch

Actual Results:  /usr/sbin/makewhatis is executed by the makewhatis.cron 
scripts in the /etc/cron.daily and /etc/cron.weekly 
directories.  /etc/cron.daily also contains the tmpwatch script.  The 
tmpwatch scripts checks to see if the /var/cache/man directory exists; if 
the directory exist, it assumes the directory /var/cache/man/X11R6/cat? 
directories also exist and attempts to pass these directories as 
parameters to /usr/sbin/tmpwatch.  The problem arises when the whatis file 
is the only entry in the /var/cache/man directory.  Then the following 
cron error is generated:
error: lstat() of directory /var/cache/man/X11R6/cat? failed: No such file 
or directory

The conflicting logic in /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch is:
[-d /var/cache/man] && /usr/sbin/tmpwatch -f 240 /var/cache/man/
{X11R6/cat?, cat?, local/cat?}

Expected Results:  makewhatis should not place files under /var/cache/man 
/etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch script needs to condition the passing of 
directory paremters to /usr/sbin/tmpwatch upon a more specific check of 
the existence of directories /var/cache/man/X11R6, /var/cahce/man/cat?, 
and /var/cache/man/local/cat?.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-07-11 10:00:43 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 47784 ***