Bug 98373 - makewhatis is just plain broken
makewhatis is just plain broken
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2003-07-01 15:54 EDT by Steve Coile
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:55 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-08 12:41:40 EDT
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Description Steve Coile 2003-07-01 15:54:13 EDT
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Description of problem:
Broken since at least RHL 7.1.

makewhatis doesn't handle man directories outside its fixed path.  Attempting to
add a new man directory to the whatis database clobbers the existing database

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. man -k ls; man -k tripwire
2. makewhatis /usr/local/tripwire/tfs/man
3. man -k ls; man -k tripwire

Actual Results:  Existing whatis database gets overwritten.

Expected Results:  Existing database is augmented.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Eido Inoue 2003-08-08 12:41:40 EDT
not a bug. To update an existing database and not overwrite the previous
version, you need to use the command option "-u".

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