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Bug 48762 - man does not create cat files even if told to do
man does not create cat files even if told to do
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2001-07-11 10:10 EDT by Henning Schmiedehausen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:34 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-07-11 12:56:39 EDT
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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2001:072 high SHIPPED_LIVE : Updated man package fixing GID security problems. 2001-05-28 00:00:00 EDT

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Description Henning Schmiedehausen 2001-07-11 10:10:13 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.19-1t i686)

Description of problem:
man cannot create cat files in /var/catman because of missing

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. upgrade to the already well known man-1.5i2-0.6x
2. tell man to create "cat" pages by commenting out "NOCACHE" in
3. man ls 
4. ls -la /var/catman  --- it is empty

5. as root  mkdir /var/catman/cat1
6. man ls
7. ls -la /var/catman/cat1
# ls -la /var/catman/cat1
total 12
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root         4096 Jul 11 16:10 .
drwxr-xr-x    3 root     root         4096 Jul 11 16:09 ..
-r--r--r--    1 root     root         2700 Jul 11 16:10 ls.1.gz

=> the man program does not create the needed directories and the man
package does
    not contain the needed directories. Catch 22

Actual Results:  The man program can not write the created cat pages
because the needed subdirs
are missing

Expected Results:  man should either create the subdirs itself or the man
package should contain all 
necessary subdirectories.

Additional info:

And yet another bug in the innocent looking yet really evil man-1.5i2
update from

Please, don't ever again tell me that you actually test this stuff. This
bug is stupid.
Comment 1 Gilbert E. Detillieux 2001-07-11 12:56:35 EDT
Another related issue is that the "whatis" databases now get updated right in
the source man directories, rather than in cache directories. For example...

-rw-r--r--   1 root     root       497277 Jul 11 04:09 /usr/man/whatis

This is a problem on systems where /usr is mounted read-only.  All such variable
data should be somewhere under /var, and not within /usr itself.
Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-09-21 16:42:32 EDT
Fixed in the current erratum

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