Bug 589432 - [RFE] rpmlint could warn about the syntax problems in man-pages
Summary: [RFE] rpmlint could warn about the syntax problems in man-pages
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpmlint   
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Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Ville Skyttä
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2010-05-06 06:55 UTC by Ivana Varekova
Modified: 2010-06-04 18:46 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version: rpmlint-0.97-1.fc13
Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2010-05-18 20:05:11 UTC
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Description Ivana Varekova 2010-05-06 06:55:57 UTC
Description of problem:
From f14 there is new version of groff (1.20) and new version of man pages reader man-db package which is able to produce the list of bugs in syntax for given man-page. 

$ man --warnings /usr/share/man/man1/gm.1.gz >/dev/null 
<standard input>:1301: warning: macro `unsigned'' not defined
<standard input>:5345: warning: macro `-resize' not defined
<standard input>:5347: warning: macro `+profile' not defined

This could be automatically tested in rpmlint.

Comment 1 Ville Skyttä 2010-05-06 07:32:38 UTC
Can this be tested in a backwards compatible manner, for example directly with groff?  man --warnings cannot be used with man 1.6f.

Comment 2 Ville Skyttä 2010-05-06 07:34:56 UTC
To clarify, backwards compatible manner doesn't necessarily have to mean that the tests would produce warnings with some earlier versions of man/groff (they could just fail silently), but it'd be nice to not have to introduce a config parameter to turn this feature on/off.

Comment 3 Ivana Varekova 2010-05-06 10:12:47 UTC
There seems to be a way how to use groff directly (nroff in groff 1.18 can't be used).

Comment 4 Ville Skyttä 2010-05-06 12:10:00 UTC
Sounds good, could you post the info how to do it directly with groff here when you find it out?

Comment 5 Ivana Varekova 2010-05-10 12:36:32 UTC
eg. if you want to check man page: 
you can use command
/usr/bin/gunzip -c '/usr/share/man/man1/bash.1.gz' | /usr/bin/gtbl | groff -mtty-char -Tutf8 -P-c -mandoc -mandoc -wmac  >/dev/null
output the same level of warnings as 
man --warnings bash

Comment 6 Ville Skyttä 2010-05-17 19:45:59 UTC
Done upstream, will most likely be in the next release:

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2010-05-18 20:20:38 UTC
rpmlint-0.97-1.fc13 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 13.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2010-05-18 20:21:53 UTC
rpmlint-0.97-1.fc12 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 12.

Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2010-05-28 18:03:29 UTC
rpmlint-0.97-1.fc13 has been pushed to the Fedora 13 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2010-06-04 18:46:33 UTC
rpmlint-0.97-1.fc12 has been pushed to the Fedora 12 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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