Re: Man-DB is crazy
Bob Proulx wrote:
> Kevin B. McCarty wrote:
>>Once a day I get the following email message from the man-db cron job:
>>>mandb: warning: /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz is a dangling symlink
> It would be a lot easier to use the -L option and do it in one command.
> ls -lL /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1369 2005-03-10 14:55 /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz
Thanks, that's a useful option to ls! I learn something every day :-)
> In spite of your evidence to the contrary I believe that the link in
> question must really be dangling. I just can't believe otherwise
> because of the series of symlinks. I feel certain there was a mistake
> in there somewhere.
Unfortunately I get the exact same thing you did:
benjo:~% ls -lL /usr/share/man/man1/x-terminal-emulator.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1369 2005-03-10 16:55
(I take it you're using gnome-terminal too.) So I'm still not convinced
of man-db's sanity. Although I didn't get such an error message in my
email this morning, so maybe the situation has resolved itself somehow
(maybe I installed another package that caused man-db to rebuild its
I hate when computers act non-deterministic.
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