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Old 04-11-2011, 08:09 PM
Andreas Radke
Default man-db / libpipeline 1.2.0-1

New man-db release requires now external libpipeline. See

Please give signoffs. Funny FS#22866 is not yet fixed. I've sent Colin
a reminder.



an-db (10 April 2011)

Major changes since man-db 2.6.0:


o Ensure that the target of a symlink or .so chain is always
recorded as a real page.

o Read a user-specified configuration file even if HOME is

man-db 2.6.0 (9 April 2011)

Major changes since man-db 2.5.9:


o Fix build with versions of GNU ld that default to

o Fix failure to display manual pages in some encodings when
installed setuid.

o Wrap long table cells in man(1), fixing test failures with
groff 1.21.

o If an explicit section is passed to man, then pages that match
that section exactly will be preferred over pages that only
have that section as a prefix.

o Fix a segfault when 'man -K' tries to display certain pages.

o Fix a segfault in some situations when processes are killed by


o As promised in the release notes for man-db 2.5.8, man-db no
longer ships its own copy of libpipeline
(http://libpipeline.nongnu.org/). You must build and install
that library separately.

o Search the full manpath when expanding .so directives in
manual pages. As part of this, '.so name.1' should now work as
well as '.so man1/name.1'.

o lexgrog handles roff named glyphs and perldoc strings in NAME

o man no longer starts a pager if standard output is not a tty.

o The -s option to whatis and apropos now takes a colon- or
comma-separated list of sections, similar to 'man -S'.

o mandb error output is neater when stderr is not a terminal.

o Add basic support for the implementation of nroff/troff in the
Heirloom Documentation Tools. Title lengths are not properly
set as yet, and many features are untested.

o mandb removes cat* and NLS subdirectories of cat directories
whose corresponding man directories no longer exist.

o mandb forces SIGPIPE back to its default disposition on
startup, to avoid noisy output in case it was started in a
context where SIGPIPE was ignored.

o SECTION entries in a user configuration file now override
those in the system configuration file, rather than appending
to them.

o The default less prompt now includes "(press h for help or q
to quit)" to help novices find their way around.

o man-db may now be built to use Berkeley DB version 5

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