Bug 481650 - makewhat fails if /usr is read-only
makewhat fails if /usr is read-only
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: man (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-01-26 15:27 EST by Bruce Jerrick
Modified: 2009-02-12 09:08 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-02-12 09:08:14 EST
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Description Bruce Jerrick 2009-01-26 15:27:55 EST
Description of problem:
/usr/sbin/makewhatis skips man directories if they're read-only, because it
  thinks the 'whatis' database files go there.  In reality, the database is
  /var/cache/man/whatis .

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. [Re-]mount /usr read-only
2. Run 'makewhatis -w -v'
Actual results:
Messages for virtually all man page directories, such as:
  skipping /usr/share/man - directory is readonly 
and the database file is not rebuilt.

Expected results:
Silence, with a new database file.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bruce Jerrick 2009-01-30 15:24:20 EST
The fix is simple -- the entire 'if' statement following this comment
can be removed (it's completely superfluous; the 'whatis' files are no
longer in the man dirs):

    # if $mandir is on a readonly partition, and the whatis file
    # is not a symlink, then let's skip trying to update it
    if ...

This is a better description of what a user sees:
On a freshly installed system (with no /var/cache/man/whatis
database yet):

    % man -k man
    man: nothing appropriate

If /usr is read-only, after running 'makewhatis', the same thing happens.
Comment 2 Ivana Varekova 2009-02-12 09:08:14 EST
Thanks. Fixed in man-1.6f-16.fc11.

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