Bug 10884 - man(1) can't format page with ".so man1/xxxx" request in it
man(1) can't format page with ".so man1/xxxx" request in it
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
6.2
All Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
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Reported: 2000-04-17 20:05 EDT by David Lawrence
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-25 15:05:25 EDT
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Description David Lawrence 2000-04-17 20:05:06 EDT
The output page /var/catman/cat1/zshall.1.gz, which is documentation for
the zsh shell, doesn't include all the other zsh* manpages as it should.
The ".so" requests are (in effect) ignored.  Here's what happens when I
format the page:

linus% man -c zshall
Formatting page, please wait...
<standard input>:23: realpath on `man1/zshmisc.1' failed: No such file or
directory
<standard input>:24: realpath on `man1/zshexpn.1' failed: No such file or
directory
<standard input>:25: realpath on `man1/zshbuiltins.1' failed: No such file
or directory
<standard input>:26: realpath on `man1/zshcompctl.1' failed: No such file
or directory
<standard input>:27: realpath on `man1/zshparam.1' failed: No such file or
directory
<standard input>:28: realpath on `man1/zshzle.1' failed: No such file or
directory
<standard input>:29: realpath on `man1/zshoptions.1' failed: No such file
or directory

The ".so man1/xxx" lines have been a standard feature of manual pages for
at least 20 years; they're designed to be read from the parent directory
(in this case, /usr/man).  It looks to me like the man(1) command isn't
formatting from the correct directory?

I think that the zsh manpages had the same problem under Red Hat 6.1.  And
I'd guess that any other manpages using ".so" may have the same problem.
Comment 1 bgunter 2000-05-25 13:09:59 EDT
Just for the record, I (bgunter@cpons.com) didn't report this bug.  Somehow it
was attributed to me when I reported a completely different bug.
Comment 2 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2000-06-02 10:26:24 EDT
I believe this was fixed for 6.2 - the problem being including compressed files.

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