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Old 02-01-2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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trouble with man pages


when i use the man command i get this message:

as root:

# man iptables
Formatting page, please wait...
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command /bin/bzip2 -c -d /usr/man/cat8/iptables.8.bz2 | /usr/bin/less -is exited with status 256.

# man ls
Formatting page, please wait...
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command /bin/bzip2 -c -d /usr/man/cat1/ls.1.bz2 | /usr/bin/less -is exited with status 256.

as normal user:

$ man ls
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man1/ls.1.gz'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -S -mandoc | /usr/bin/less -is) exited with status 256.
No manual entry for ls

$ man iptables
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man8/iptables.8.gz'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -S -mandoc | /usr/bin/less -is) exited with status 256.
No manual entry for iptables

how do i fix this?
thanks
 
Old 02-01-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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Did you actually installed the man pages, along with bzip or less?

You should have at least both of these packages installed on your Slackware system for man:

man-1.5m2-i486-1
man-pages-1.64-noarch-1

Version numbers may differ though.

Also check for these since they are mentioned in your errors:

less-382-i486-1
bzip2-1.0.2-i486-5
 
Old 02-03-2005, 10:19 PM   #3
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i ahve all the packages you mentioned installed. i found the man packages through the package manager. i use less sometimes with the ls command and i uncompress .bz2 files all the time.

edit: aahh actually less might be messed up. i always do a full install of slack. when i go to use less now nothing happens. ill try to reinstall the package tomorrow.

thanks

Last edited by buffed317; 02-03-2005 at 10:22 PM.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:20 AM   #4
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i reinstalled less and the man pages still didnt display. all those packages you mentioned were listed in the package manger. any other ideas?
 
Old 02-05-2005, 12:41 PM   #5
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Did all of this start occuring after an install of something? What recent changes did you make to your system? Do you also have groff installed which is required by or to view the man pages?
 
Old 02-07-2005, 11:07 AM   #6
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groff is installed. i did a clean install of slackware and added dropline recently (before i had the problem). i just installed nmap and am playing around with that.

i reinstalled:
man
man-pages
less
bzip2
groff

now i get this error message
# man ls
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command /bin/bzip2 -c -d /usr/man/cat1/ls.1.bz2 | /usr/bin/less -is exite d with status 256.

or

$ man locate
sh: line 1: /usr/bin/gtbl: No such file or directory
sh: line 1: /usr/bin/nroff: No such file or directory
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".ll 10.1i"; echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man1/locate.1.gz'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -S -mandoc | /usr/bin/less -is) exited with status 256.
No manual entry for locate


should i re-install slackware?

Last edited by buffed317; 02-07-2005 at 11:28 AM.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 08:34 AM   #7
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the same

I have the same problem. After installing glibc-2.3.4 and kernel-2.6.10 from slackware-current. Can anybody help?
 
Old 02-28-2005, 05:15 PM   #8
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troubel with man pages slackware 10.0 - Kernel 2.6.9

I have a similar problem. It started after I made some changes to my kernel.
At first I was using the Kernel version 2.4.26 which I upgraded to 2.6.9 with no poblem at all. The man page was working fine under 2.6.9. Tthe sun was shining and the birds whistling. I eventually had to make some changes to my 2.6.9 kernel. God knows for what reasons, since I installed my latest kernel 2.6.9 (recent changes due to udev problems) I have the following error when calling man pages.


root@DarkStar:~# man usermod
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".ll 11.6i"; echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man8/usermod.8.gz'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -S -mandoc | /usr/bin/less -is) exited with status 256.
No manual entry for usermod

root@DarkStar:~#


I will continue my research and post any hints I might find on my way.


~ Seal-X

Last edited by Seal-X; 02-28-2005 at 05:18 PM.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 05:33 PM   #9
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trouble with man pages - man pages error

Here is what I found and it worked for my Slackware 10.0 b0x.

It seems that the problem is related to recent versions of udev + latest kernels and Slackware. Don't forget to reboot.
Anyways you can read about it here which is the official place where I got the answer. Thanks to this guy. Not I! :}


In case the ubb don't works:

- http://kerneltrap.org/node/4516
- http://www.linux.ie/pipermail/ilug/2...er/019674.html



~ Seal-X
 
Old 02-28-2005, 06:10 PM   #10
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This is also recorded in the LQ Wiki Slackware FAQ:

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...g_me_errors.3F

If you don't want to go mucking about with udev files, you can just grab the latest udev package from 10.1 and upgrade udev with that instead.
 
  


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