Bug 7547 - whatis database not set up on install
whatis database not set up on install
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 1999-12-03 11:14 EST by David Balažic
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-12-08 09:53:31 EST
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Description David Balažic 1999-12-03 11:14:38 EST
The whatis database is not set up on install.
'apropos' and 'whatis' does not work.
Running 'makewhatis -w' fixes it.
I know that it is called from cron.daily, but several hours can
pass before that , and a new users needs this help in the first
hours most !
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 1999-12-08 09:53:59 EST
This is intentional. We can't include a prebuild whatis database because we
can't predict what man pages will be installed, and running makewhatis from the
installer would just slow down the installation; cron does a better job here.

If you have a better solution, let me know...
Comment 2 David Balažic 1999-12-08 10:42:59 EST
How about running makewhatis on first boot ?
The calling script should then be deleted or altered, something
like the Wind*ws RunOnce things :-)

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