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Bug#99590: marked as done (rtlinux: Missing symlinks for some man pages)



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has caused the Debian Bug report #99590,
regarding rtlinux: Missing symlinks for some man pages
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Package: rtlinux
Severity: normal

Hi,

An upcoming release of Debian policy, version 3.5.5.0, contains an amendment
which clarifies the way man pages need to be installed.

Until now, packages could install /usr/share/man/man1/foo.1.gz with 'foo,
bar \- programs to do something' in the NAME section and have no
corresponding symbolic link from bar.1.gz (policy suggested using a symbolic
link, but wasn't clear that it's required), and our man program happened to
magically figure it out for itself and display the right man page when you
typed 'man bar'. However, guaranteeing that this would work even when you've
recently installed some new packages has a serious performance impact on
man, as it frequently has to go and look through the filesystem to update
its database.

Before woody's base system is frozen, I intend to remove this "feature" from
man-db, so that its performance is consistent and acceptable for a
reasonable number of people. It isn't a standard feature even among the
various man page browsers in Debian, let alone in other Linux distributions,
so there should be no compatibility problems. However, your package seems to
rely on it, so this bug is being filed to let you know that the way some of
your man pages are installed needs to be improved in order to work properly
in woody. All you need to do, if you already have, say, foo(1) and expect
bar(1) to work as well, is install a symbolic link to foo.1.gz as bar.1.gz
(.so links and hard links are also OK, though symlinks are recommended).

Here's a list of man pages and the names that don't appear anywhere in the
filesystem:

  usr/share/man/man3/rtl_no_interrupts.3.gz: rtl_allow_interrupts
  usr/share/man/man3/rtl_no_interrupts.3.gz: rtl_restore_interrupts
  usr/share/man/man3/rtl_no_interrupts.3.gz: rtl_stop_interrupts

If the list looks odd, please check man(7) to see if the man page is
formatted properly. This output was generated by way of mandb, so if it's
confused then users will be too; if it turns out that it's done the wrong
thing, please reassign this bug to man-db so that I can fix it. I might not
have caught symlinks that are created in the postinst (say, using
alternatives); if that's the case, please close this bug.

Please see bug #94995 and policy 3.5.5 section 13.1 for more information,
and feel free to contact me if you need help.

Thanks,

-- 
Colin Watson, via a script


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Version: 3.1pre3-3+rm

The rtlinux package has been removed from Debian testing, unstable and
experimental, so I am now closing the bugs that were still opened
against it.

For more information about this package's removal, read
http://bugs.debian.org/365717 . That bug might give the reasons why
this package was removed, and suggestions of possible replacements.

Don't hesitate to reply to this mail if you have any question.

Thank you for your contribution to Debian.
Barry deFreese


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