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bug #58896: MANSECT not properly set for MANPAGER

Submitted by:  Rob Hoelz <hoelzro>
Submitted on:  Tue 04 Aug 2020 01:57:44 PM UTC  
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
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Tue 04 Aug 2020 01:57:44 PM UTC, original submission:  

Hello there!

I believe I have found a bug in man-db - namely, if you set MANSECT when invoking man, only the first section in MANSECT is passed along to MANPAGER.  Here's an example that reproduces the behavior:

$ cat > pager

$ chmod 755 pager
$ echo $MANSECT
$ MANPAGER=pager man man

From a cursory look at the code, I think the problem is in get_section_list; strtok is used on the result of getenv("MANSECT") and alters the environment string in-place, causing the incorrect value to be passed along to future child processes.

I observed this behavior with version 2.9.3 packaged with Arch Linux (which doesn't seem to have any major patches), but I was also able to reproduce it with the current Git HEAD (1c7b46ae as of this writing).

Rob Hoelz <hoelzro>


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