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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: cdrom problem
From: Tom Hull <thull2@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 16:46:24 -0600
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John Goerzen wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 03:56:27PM -0600, lowell wrote:
>>On Sun, 18 Jan 2004, bbales wrote:
>>When I try this command and arguments, /usr/sbin/apropos doesn't like it. 
>>How come, I wonder...
> What error message do you get?

$ man -k ''
   usage: apropos keyword ...
   Error executing formatting or display command.
   System command /usr/bin/apropos  exited with status 256.

This is the case both for man version 1.5j and 1.5k. The following
commands produce no output:

$ whatis ''
$ apropos ''

Omitting the argument gives you usage info, asking for an argument.
On my RedHat system, the whatis file is in /var/cache/man/whatis,
so something like:

$ fgrep '(1' /var/cache/man/whatis

prints out a line about all section 1 commands.

$ grep -i '' /var/cache/man/whatis

prints out a line about all man pages. Evidently the Red Hat versions
of whatis/apropos are fumbling the '' argument.

  *  Tom Hull * thull2( *

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