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Re: Strange man behaviour

On Wed 09 Jan 2002, Juha J wrote:

>   When I try to view any man page, there is a strange, about 10 second,
> delay before *anything* happens. Next, man says it's reformatting the page
> etc. There is not even any disc or CPU activity during the wait. (Disc-LED
> is off; top says CPU usage is 0.0%.)

You can try truss to see what system calls it's making (and what's being
done during the pause).

Does it do the delay if you redirect the output to a file?
Does it make a difference whether you do it as root or as a normal user?
Did you install it suid (as asked by the debconf question during

Paul Slootman

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