bin/143271: [patch] whatis(1) should print error message to
arundel at freebsd.org
Sun Aug 1 22:40:08 UTC 2010
The following reply was made to PR bin/143271; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Alexander Best <arundel at freebsd.org>
To: Jan Schaumann <jschauma at netmeister.org>
Cc: bug-followup at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: bin/143271: [patch] whatis(1) should print error message to stderr
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 22:39:53 +0000
On Sun Aug 1 10, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> Alexander Best <arundel at freebsd.org> wrote:
> > however i don't see why whatis'es return values should be altered.
> > it's common practice to return 0 on success. so returning 0 if whatis
> > recognizes the keyword is just fine.
oh i'm sorry. i think this was a misunderstanding then. indeed this is a bug. although the whatis(1) manual only talks about the return status of apropos i also checked apropos and it also returns 0 if nothing was found.
so this is just plain wrong and apropos/whatis don't do what they're supposed to according to the manual.
> The problem is that whatis(1) returns 0 even if it does NOT find
> anything, which should be an error condition.
> $ whatis oink
> oink: nothing appropriate
> $ echo $?
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