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Old 09-14-2004, 04:08 PM   #1
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Slackware MAN command problems

HI i am using the Slackware 10.0 and i am having the follow problem with the "man" command gives me in any entry that i use it, here is a example:

22:04:09 root@~/synaptics # man vim
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".ll 11.9i"; echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man1/vim.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 vim


22:06:30 root@~/synaptics # man more
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command (cd /usr/man && (echo ".ll 11.9i"; echo ".pl 1100i"; /bin/gunzip -c '/usr/man/man1/more.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 more

Doesn't matter what i put i have always that error :/

Can anyone help me? thanks
Old 09-14-2004, 04:12 PM   #2
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I had this same problem, what kernel are you running? Did this just happen after you recompiled a kernel?

I ran 2.6.9-mm when I had this problem, when I reverted back to it was fixed. Although it could (likely) have been something I did differently during the configuration. Also, I had a bunch of segfaults, including when I tried to run glxgears, which were fixed after the new kernel.

The reason man didn't work for me is because the less command segfaulted. Try doing something like
cat afile | less
to see if it works.

Last edited by sh1ft; 09-14-2004 at 04:15 PM.
Old 09-14-2004, 04:39 PM   #3
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hummm It can be that erghh I am using kernel ( i applied a patch to the kernel SO can be the patched kernel that is making this problems i will revert to only and see what happens.

22:39:06 root@~ # cat linux_penguin.html | less
22:39:15 root@~ #

NOt working ergh let's revert it

Thanks for the tip

Last edited by vador; 09-14-2004 at 04:40 PM.
Old 09-14-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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It was that!!!

I remove kernel and compiled the kernel and the system is working like a charm........ damn patchs lolol
Old 10-27-2004, 01:13 AM   #5
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A fix?

Hi everybody. I've been having the same problem and I've found a thread on google groups that claims to have a fix, other than reverting to the previous kernel.

The thread suggests the following:

Reading this topic and others I think I'll be able to solve the problem:
1) find file udev.rules
2) replace line:
KERNEL="tty[p-za-e][0-9a-f]*", NAME="tty/s%n", SYMLINK="%k
KERNEL="tty[p-za-e][0-9a-f]*", NAME="pty/s%n", SYMLINK="%k"
I'll give this a shot and let you know how it works.


Update: I made the edits and rebooted and ever since both "man" and "less" have resumed proper functionality. Cheers!

Last edited by DaneM; 10-27-2004 at 01:57 AM.
Old 11-02-2004, 02:23 PM   #6
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Just wanted to confirm that fix worked for me to. Using custom compiled 2.6.9 kernel
Old 11-17-2004, 01:14 PM   #7
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Thanks DaneM! xterm and rxvt weren't working anymore after upgrading to kernel 2.6.9. Editing udev.rules fixed it.
Old 11-17-2004, 04:23 PM   #8
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Apparently, you can fix it by taking away execute permissions from /etc/rc.d/rc.udev. It worked for me, but I'm not sure why, which bugs me.
Old 11-17-2004, 05:42 PM   #9
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more on the udev/man problem in this thread, starting ~ post 35:
Old 12-05-2004, 01:00 PM   #10
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My decision to the problem was patching the kernel to 2.6.10-rc3.I have no problem with man anymore,but now i have to fix the sound


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