Installed man-db 2.3.19-1 (i386 source)
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Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 16:13:37 +0100
Architecture: source i386
Maintainer: Colin Watson <email@example.com>
Changed-By: Colin Watson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
man-db - Display the on-line manual.
Closes: 3766 10106 25410 53993 77727 97916 101330 102156 102181 102250 102402 102678
man-db (2.3.19-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* The "laptop envy (damn tbm for having a nicer one than me)" release.
* New upstream release. Highlights:
- Security fix: make sure decisions about whether to drop privileges are
never taken based on the user configuration file ~/.manpath.
- The ordering of manual sections is now configurable at run-time, using
SECTION directives in the configuration file. This should kill the
last traces of the old 9term(1) bug (closes: #3766, yay!).
- man will no longer try to keep its database caches up to date, even if
it's setuid. No more speed problems, we hope! Instead, it will fall
back to file globbing if database lookups fail. Whatis references will
no longer work if the database isn't up to date enough to contain
them, but I filed bugs on all packages this affects a while ago.
- The globbing is done per-section, so newly installed manual pages will
be noticed properly now (closes: #10106).
- Thanks to some code from another man program, manual pages are now
formatted to an appropriate line length when viewed on a terminal.
Non-standard sizes aren't saved as cat pages. Page lengths are already
resized with recent versions of groff (closes: #25410, #53993).
- mandb(8) now documents how whatis parsing might fail (closes: #77727).
- Whatis parsing treats fill requests correctly (closes: #97916) and
ignores the no-op groff request '.' (closes: #101330).
- Avoid infinite recursion if the database is corrupted such that an
entry points to itself, which I believe shouldn't happen any more
anyway (closes: #102181).
- Let mandb update system databases as root as well as the man user
- Downgrade warning if a manpath element doesn't exist to a debugging
message (closes: #102402); likewise for the warning about relying on
whatis refs being deprecated (see #102678).
- Fixed some details of parsing NAME sections with multiple names in man
pages with multiple symlinks to them (closes: #102678).
- mandb knows how to delete obsolete entries from the database now,
which should help to clean up the effects of old bugs like the above.
This can be disabled with --no-purge.
* Add Spanish debconf translation (thanks, Carlos Valdivia Yagüe;
* Add 'mandb --no-purge' invocation in cron.daily, so that apropos and
whatis will continue to work mostly as expected. Since --create isn't
used any more, it should be quite fast. This should alleviate most
problems caused by turning off automatic database updates. A cron.weekly
entry remains which also purges old database entries.
* Add SECTION entries for 3pm and 3perl to make sure Perl modules come
before core (this was formerly set at compile-time).
* The .deb doesn't contain setuid binaries any more, so remove the lintian
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