Bug 42915 - makewhatis only works for first element in manpath
makewhatis only works for first element in manpath
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-05-30 17:02 EDT by Tim Clymo
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:33 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-06-16 16:29:09 EDT
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make makewhatis (man-1.5h1-20) process all manpath-directories (1.23 KB, patch)
2001-06-16 16:29 EDT, Rudi Sluijtman
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Description Tim Clymo 2001-05-30 17:02:37 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0b; Windows NT 5.1)

Description of problem:
Running man-1.5i-6 from rawhide (this is broken on the Seawolf shipping 
version too, although I can't remember its version number offhand).

Running makewhatis on its own (to use default manpath) or makewhatis -w to 
use manpath=man --path. In either case, the script processes the first 
token in the path OK but when it comes to the second and any subsequent 
elements, it simply skips them.

I think the problem is at line 146 of the makewhatis script. First time 
around the loop, this test is negative because /var/cache/man/whatis 
doesn't exist. Next time though, it does exist because it was created by 
the first iteration of the loop so it simply drops through the "skipping - 
did it already" branch.

I haven't quite been able to figure what this test is here for, but if 
somebody could fix it that would be great

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run makewhatis (with or without -w)

Actual Results:  New whatis database created containing only man pages in 
first directory specified in manpath

Expected Results:  Should have populated whatis database with man pages in 
any directory specified in manpath

Additional info:
Comment 1 Rudi Sluijtman 2001-06-16 16:29:05 EDT
Created attachment 21202 [details]
make makewhatis (man-1.5h1-20) process all manpath-directories
Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-07-03 07:42:59 EDT
Fixed in 1.5i2-2 (the real fix is to ignore the -u flag if there is
no previous whatis database)

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