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bug #37710: manual page redirections undocumented

Submitted by:  Christopher Yeleighton <yecril71pl>
Submitted on:  Sat 10 Nov 2012 07:37:41 PM UTC  
 
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
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Sat 10 Nov 2012 07:37:41 PM UTC, original submission:

Here is an excerpt of the output of { man -dw init; } on openSUSE 12.2:

matched: /usr/share/man/man1/init.1.gz

ult_src: File /usr/share/man/man1/init.1.gz in mantree /usr/share/man
Starting pipeline: zcat < /usr/share/man/man1/init.1.gz [input: {0, /usr/share/man/man1/init.1.gz}, output: {-1, NULL}]
Started "zcat < /usr/share/man/man1/init.1.gz", pid 9595
ult_src: points to /usr/share/man/man1/man1/systemd.1

There is no mention in the documentation (considering the manual, the manual page and info for the man macro package) that a manual page may point to another manual page in a way specially recognised by man. Please mention that where the meaning of the command { man -w $topic; } is described.

Note: the redirection above is obviously broken, which is not your fault of course. However, it makes me feel like a fool when the command { man -w init; } complains about systemd.1 missing.

Christopher Yeleighton <yecril71pl>

 

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file #26906:  init.1.gz added by yecril71pl (40B - application/x-gzip - this is what { man -w init; } should return, according to the documentation provided)

 

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