Bug 496350 - libcap's cap_from_text.3 man page only in -devel
libcap's cap_from_text.3 man page only in -devel
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libcap (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Karsten Hopp
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: Documentation, ManPageChange, Reopened
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Reported: 2009-04-17 19:27 EDT by Tim Pepper
Modified: 2013-05-14 06:01 EDT (History)
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Description Tim Pepper 2009-04-17 19:27:21 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.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. man cap_from_text

Actual results:
No manual entry for cap_from_text

Expected results:
...man page is available for viewing.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 10:03:13 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2010-04-27 09:45:13 EDT
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 07:54:12 EDT
Fedora 11 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2010-06-25. Fedora 11 is 
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Comment 4 Cristian Ciupitu 2012-12-16 14:01:06 EST
It's still happening in Fedora 17 (libcap-2.22-2.fc17.x86_64).
Comment 5 Karsten Hopp 2013-05-14 06:01:46 EDT
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.

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