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Re: apropos: warning: can't read the fallback whatis text database.



On debian-user-digest "Heiko R. Selber" wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> when looking for manpages with apropos I always get an error message and
> the wildcard search fails for X related (and some other) man pages. 
> 
> (I use Debian 1.1.4)
> 
> Look at this:
> 
> ---- BEGIN pretty good example ----
> rudi:~$ apropos -w XDraw*
> apropos: warning: can't read the fallback whatis text database.
> apropos: /usr/X11/man/whatis: No such file or directory
> XDraw*: nothing appropriate.
> 
> rudi:~$ apropos XDrawPoint
> XDrawPoint (3x)      - draw points and points structure
> apropos: warning: can't read the fallback whatis text database.
> apropos: /usr/X11/man/whatis: No such file or directory
> ----- END pretty good example -----
> 
> How do I create the fallback whatis database? Do I need it?

It should be created automatically.
Go superuser and try	mandb -c


What version of apropos are you running? 
Try  apropos --version  or  dpkg -s man


ciao,
Fabrizio
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H C Lai wrote:
> Thanks for all the replies so far. The impression I get is that
> Linux does support the 'over-commitment' mode. Kernel 2.0.0 definitely
> does not support this. I have a ~10 lines of small fortran test
> programme which basically creates a HUGE array in a common block and
> then tries to use a small part of it. It failed with segmentation
> fault on elf. But succeeds by just putting in more swap !!

Hmmm.  I suspect that Fortran is trying to help you out by initializing
the array elements to zero.  Try a C program with "malloc".

... Ami.


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