Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 496350
libcap's cap_from_text.3 man page only in -devel
Last modified: 2013-05-14 06:01:46 EDT
Description of problem:
libcap offers a setcap command. Its manpage refers to cap_from_text.3 for specific syntax. The syntax itself is not entirely straight forward and this manpage is only available in the libcap-devel rpm, so to use libcap's setcap command one essentially needs to first also install libcap-devel to ready the complete instructions (ie: for the list of capabilities, valid '=' and '+' modifiers and 'e', 'i', 'p' attributes). It would be useful if at least this man one page were moved out of -devel and into the libcap rpm.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. man cap_from_text
No manual entry for cap_from_text
...man page is available for viewing.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
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It's still happening in Fedora 17 (libcap-2.22-2.fc17.x86_64).
man pages often reference other man pages, even from other packages. I don't think it would be a good idea to require those other packages then. I also won't package a development man page that describes the libcap C-functions in a normal package, it just doesn't belong there at all.