Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 20061
non-ASCII characters break apropos and whatis
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:59 EDT
Most of the manual pages contained in the two packages blas-man-3.0-4 and
and installed in /usr/man/manl/ contain non-ASCII characters which
propagate in the whatis index.
The apropos and wahtis commands are using grep which will consider
/usr/man/whatis a binary file,
so no info will be given about manual pages installed in /usr/man.
If the non-ASCII characters are filtered out from the manual pages,
everything behaves as expected.
This is fixed in Red Hat Linux 7.