periodic weekly catman - perl problem

Andrej Zverev andrej.zverev at
Mon Aug 22 17:12:42 UTC 2011

On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM, Doug Barton <dougb at> wrote:

> I have the catman option enabled for periodic/weekly and get the
> following errors:
> Reformatting manual pages:
> catman: /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.12.4/man/cat3: mkdir: Permission denied
> catman: /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.12.4/perl/man/cat3: mkdir: Permission denied
> It seems that the cat3 directories are not created because the man
> directories are owned by root, and the cat* directories are owned by
> man, which is what the 330.catman script operates as.
> Creating those directories with the proper permissions allows the catman
> periodic script to do its thing. So my question is, is this something
> that the catman periodic script should be doing, or should the perl port
> be doing it?
> Hello, Doug. I couldn't find which way is correct in this situation but I
can propose the following patch: if this solve issue when you can
knock-knock at skv's (perl maintainer) door.

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