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Hello community, I've tried to use man -k [someKeyword] on three distro, ubuntu 6.06, red hat 9 and Fedora core 5 and it never returns any command, it just says "nothing appropriate". What gives? Thanks
I've tried all sorts of keyword such as disk, volume, raid. It didn't matter what word I type, it just doesn't work. Does the man page need to build a cache of keywords into a database of some sort? I've also tried apropos and still I don't get anything.
Yes, it's done using makewhatis. RehHat-type distros have a daily cronjob for it that
makewhatis -u -w
That was it! I typed in this command and it took awhile to build the cache but right afterwards it work. This was for Fedora 5. On my RH 9, I didn't have to do anything and today man -k returned results so system must have automatically built the cache. I've tried mandb on RedHat distro but this command doesn't work. It may be for another distro but same concept. Cool.
I read just after posting here that makewhatis is used for some and mandb for others, I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 and it doesn't come with makewhatis, and I read that Debian also uses mandb ... so if you use it for Ubuntu you might have to use mandb unless you install makewhatis ...