catman not creating cat pages for machine specific man pages

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Sat Oct 2 07:37:31 PDT 2004

Hi Scot,

On Sat, Oct 02, 2004 at 07:51:22AM -0500, Scot Hetzel wrote:
> I noticed a bug in catman, where it doesn't create the machine
> specific man pages.  Tryig to figure this out, I noticed that the code
> between catman and makewhatis is similar, and that revision 1.2 of
> makewhatis fixed the program to create the whatis entries for the
> machine specific man pages.
> Based on the makewhatis fix, I have created a fix for the catman pages.
> To reproduce the problem execute the following sequence:
> ls /usr/share/man/{man,cat}8/i386 ; echo catman | nice -5 su -m man ;
> ls /usr/share/man/{man,cat}8/i386
> You'll see that catman doesn't create any cat pages in the cat8/i386 directory.
> After appling the patch in PR 72243, the cat pages are created in the
> machine specific directories.
Thanks!  I will review/test the patch and commit what's needed.

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at
FreeBSD committer
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