Bug 105587 - makewhatis only updates main database
makewhatis only updates main database
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2003-09-25 17:13 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:57 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-10-09 12:17:18 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2003-09-25 17:13:16 EDT
Description of problem:

The example in the man page for makewhatis shows that the whatis
database is created local to the directory specified in manpath
as stated here:

To rebuild only /usr/X11R6/man/whatis and /usr/local/man/whatis

              makewhatis /usr/X11R6/man /usr/local/man

In reality, the only whatis database being created or updated by 
the makewhatis program is the one in /var/cache/man/whatis.  
Can this be fixed?

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. makewhatis /usr/local/man
Actual results:

/var/cache/man/whatis is re-created using man pages from /usr/local/man.

Expected results:

/usr/local/man/whatis should have been created.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Eido Inoue 2003-10-09 12:17:18 EDT
release 11 and beyond of makewhatis now take an argument "-o" to allow one to
write a local copy of the makewhatis database anywhere.

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