Bug#1290: dpkg 0.93-70 leaves catman confusion
PACKAGE: dpkg and/or man
VERSION dpkg:0.93-70, man:2.3.10-1
Currently, the cpio package and mt-st package both provide
/usr/bin/mt and /usr/man/man1/mt.1. Also, they don't currently
declare a conflict with one another. I noted confusion after the
following command sequence:
dpkg --install cpio.deb
dpkg --install mt-st.deb
I was shown the mt man page from cpio, not the one from mt-st which I
The mt man page from cpio was still present in /var/catman/cat1/mt.1.gz.
That's what I was seeing, even though /usr/man/man1 contained mt.1
istalled from the mt-st package.
I note that the last-modified time of /usr/catman/cat1/mt.1.gz is
the time it was installed, while the last modified time of
/usr/man/man1/mt.1 is apparently the last-modified time of
that file as installed from the package.
I tried touching /usr/man/man1/mt.1, and then saying "man dpkg",
but that didn't get the catman file rebuilt.
Two possible solutions:
1. dpkg cleans up /var/catman when removing packages.
2. dpkg touches /usr/man files from packages when installing them
and man rebuilds /var/catman files if they're outdated relative
to the corresponding /usr/man files.
I favor solution 1, but believe that the man(1) program should also
implement its part of solution 2.