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phantom non-existent command "manpath"?
- From: Soren A <somian at adelphia dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 21:50:16 +0000 (UTC)
- Subject: phantom non-existent command "manpath"?
- Organization: Occasionally Sporadically
I've a question on the cygwin port of `man' and it may turn out that it is
pertaining to `man' in general everywhere.
I have come across a shell script that is part of a software package, that
uses the command output of `manpath' to fill the variable MANPATH:
When I `man man' I see that the top of man's own manpage references manpath
in a line right below the heading for `man' itself. But after that I could
find no clear explanation further down for how `manpath' (LOWERCASE) works
or why it wouldn't be available on all systems where `man' itself is
Nonetheless on my Cygwin installation `manpath' is absent. Is this right?
Upstream maintainers bogus documentation warts aren't Cygwin's
responsibility (just in case anyone mistakenly infers that I am implying
such) but since cygwin is where I am using `man' in this context (and
where I am testing the aforementioned software package that is going to
break because `manpath' isn't available), I am hoping a knowledgeable
reader will come up with some insights to help me understand what's up.
Is there a technique for replacing that one-line (above) i.e. an obvious
kludge I could employ? Until I really understand what `manpath' does I
can't come up with one myself.
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