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Re: What use are these (rpm) entries in 'man'?



On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 11:57 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Nov 2007, Tim wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 14:49 +0000, Chris G wrote:
> > > So what is the point of these (rpm) entries?  Do they somehow indicate
> > > that there is some sort of documentation there, if so how do I get at
> > > it?
> >
> > I would *guess* so.  You'd usually find non-man file documentation
> > in:  /usr/share/doc/<name-of-package-probably-with-version-numbers>/
> >
> > You could always use the rpm -ql command to see what's included in a
> > package, and installed where.
> >
> > [tim suspishus ~]$ apropos yelp
> > yelp                (rpm) - A system documentation reader from the Gnome project
> >
> > [tim suspishus ~]$ man yelp
> > No manual entry for yelp
> >
> > [tim suspishus ~]$ rpm -ql yelp
> > /etc/gconf/schemas/yelp.schemas
> > /usr/bin/gnome-help
> > /usr/bin/yelp
> > /usr/share/applications/gnome-yelp.desktop
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/AUTHORS
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/COPYING
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/ChangeLog
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/MAINTAINERS
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/NEWS
> > /usr/share/doc/yelp-2.18.1/README
> > /usr/share/gnome/help
> > /usr/share/icons/hicolor/192x192/apps/yelp-icon-big.png
> > /usr/share/locale/af/LC_MESSAGES/yelp.mo
> > /usr/share/locale/am/LC_MESSAGES/yelp.mo
> > /usr/share/locale/ar/LC_MESSAGES/yelp.mo
> > /usr/share/locale/az/LC_MESSAGES/yelp.    ...[snipped]...
> 
>   upon closer inspection, any man entry claiming to be part of (rpm)
> would seem to be just plain broken.
> 
>   typically, that identifier represents the section of the
> documentation under which you'd find the man page, which would be a
> subdirectory of /usr/share/man, below:
> 
> bg  fr            ja     man3   man7   pl.ISO8859-2  sl
> cs  fr.ISO8859-1  ko     man3p  man7x  pl.UTF-8      sv
> da  fr.UTF-8      man    man3x  man8   pt            tr
> de  hr            man0p  man4   man8x  pt_BR         zh_CN
> el  hu            man1   man4x  man9   ro            zh_TW
> en  id            man1p  man5   man9x  ru
> eo  it            man1x  man5x  mann   ru.KOI8-R
> es  it.ISO8859-1  man2   man6   nl     ru.UTF-8
> fi  it.UTF-8      man2x  man6x  pl     sk
> 
>   but, as you can see, there's nothing that appears to correspond to
> the "rpm" section, which makes me believe that the "yelp" package
> *internally* has something that (mistakenly) claims that its man page
> is in that non-existent section.
> 
>   easy enough to check:
> 
>   $ yumdownloader --source yelp
>   ... install, build prep, cd BUILD/yelp
>   $ grep -rw rpm *
>   src/yelp-search-parser.c:       /* RH man inserts rpm references into the whatis database */
>   src/yelp-search-parser.c:       if (g_str_has_prefix (line[1], "rpm)"))
>   $
> 
> aha!  j'accuse!  without looking any further, it sure seems like
> there's something there that claims to be affiliated with "rpm".  at
> first glance, that would seem to be a bugzilla-able bug, but i'll
> leave that up to someone else.
> 
> rday
> 
> p.s. looking at the actual file list with "rpm -ql yelp" leads one to
> believe that that package doesn't even *come* with a man page.
If you add the -n argument to grep, you will see the line numbers where
the match occurred.
Regards,
Les H


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