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Slow Man

My "man" command takes an inordinately long time to run:

%time man foo
No manual entry for foo
man foo  0.01s user 0.02s system 0% cpu 21.026 total

strace shows the process pausing for almost a full second at each
_newselect() call (the below occurs 21 times for a nonexistent man page):

open("/var/cache/man/oldlocal/index.bt", O_RDONLY) = 3
fcntl64(3, F_SETFD, FD_CLOEXEC)         = 0
fstat(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(3, "", 512)                        = 0
close(3)                                = 0
_newselect(0, 0, 0, 0, 0x7ffff488)      = 0

Any ideas about what might be happening?  I have the following installed:

||/ Name           Version        Description
ii  man-db         2.3.20-18      The on-line manual pager
ii  manpages       1.39-1.1       Man pages about using a Linux system.
ii  manpages-dev   1.29-2         Linux-development man pages.


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