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Bug#1299: xman hanges when groff gets a fatal error


This looks like one for me, I will look into it tonight.

Can you please run xman under strace following all the children.
and send me the gzip/uuencoded output


 % strace -f -o /tmp/strace.out xman

This will be a great help.



>>>>> "cdr" == CD Rasmussen <cdr@sme.siemens.com> writes:

    cdr> Package: xman Version: 3.1.2 1

    cdr> Other packages involved:

    cdr>   Package: Version: man 2.3.10 1 groff 1.09 4

    cdr> Problem Description: Xman puts up a status box of: Formatting
    cdr> Manual Page, Please Stand By...

    cdr>   When nroff dies with the error: /usr/bin/nroff: can't find
    cdr> `DESC' file /usr/bin/nroff:fatal error: invalid device `ps'
    cdr> Please note that I can not see this error but this was the
    cdr> error I recieved when I ran "man man" as a diagnostic.

    cdr>   xman writes this error to its stderr or stdout: sh: geqn:
    cdr> command not found Xman just hangs after this.

    cdr> Expected behavior:

    cdr>   xman should complete the format and display the manpage.

    cdr> Procedure to reproduce: Install from scratch install groff
    cdr> install man install all of the basic X packages including
    cdr> xman.  run xman and request display of man(1).

    cdr>   All installs were done using dpkg --install.

    cdr> Thank you, Constantine Rasmussen 508-750-7500 x7020
    cdr> cdr@sme.siemens.com

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