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Re: man errors



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On Sat, 19 Apr 1997, Mathieu Guillaume wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Apr 1997, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:
> >  Well, that didn't work like it was supposed to. :-(  VM MIME'd it; I
> > didn't expect that.  Then something happened and it's undecodable.
> > Darn.   What it was, was the output from the man command showing a
> > pile of pages that it cannot find.  I'm wondering if I should `bug` on 
> > each one...  I guess that's the only way.  It will take 45 minutes to
> > do it.
> 
> I see a lot of those too.
> I believe most (if not all) of those dangling symlinks are symlinks to
> undocumented.7.gz. Unfortunately, 'man' sometimes unzips the gz files when
> you read them, so undocumented.7.gz becomes undocumented.7 and the
> symlinks now point to a non-existing file, which is why you see those
> messages.

Actually, it is because the undocumented.7 manpage was compressed in the
latest release of it's package (as mandated by policy) and broke the
symlinks of everything referring to it.  This is a bug against each
package now refering to undocumented.7 instead of undocumented.7.gz, and
should be reported as such.  I believe both the compressed and
uncompressed manpage will be included in the package that actually becomes
stable since this is a cosmetic difference.  I solved the problem for
myself by running "symlinks -rd ." in the /usr/man directory (symlinks is
in the symlinks package, the command simply removes all the broken
links), that will shut man back up again at the expense of losing those
links.

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