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Old 01-13-2005, 01:51 AM   #1
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man pages wont display


I think when I installed a while ago, I didnt choose enough packages (I visually skimmed through each package and decided whether or not to include it.) At first I didn't have groff, so nothing showed up (actually an error message, I cant remember it though, it was about groff). I used pkgtool to install groff from CD, now when I type something like: man man in a (any) terminal I get this output:

Code:
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command /bin/bzip2 -c -d /usr/man/cat1/man.1.bz2 | /usr/bin/less -is
exited with error status 256
I have /bin/bzip2, less (but less doesnt work 'right', I'll explain in a second), anyways...

Heres the (stranger) output from the command line. NOTE: man man | man less | man whatever DOES work, partially, it shows more than a screenful of info, the right man page, etc... BUT cuts off with this error code. It cuts off at seemingly random places too, one man page output might be 2.5 screenfuls of data, but still obviously cut-off half-way, with the following error code:

Code:
# man less
*displays most of relevant man page, cuts off before finish*
Error executing formatting or display command
system command(cd /usr/man && echo ".ll 15.7i";
echo ".pl 1100;";
/bin/gunzip -c `/usr/man/man1/less.1.gz`;
echo ":\\\""; echo ".pl\n(nlv+10") |
/usr/bin/gtbl | /usr/bin/nroff -s mandoc |
/usr/bin/less -is)
exited with status 256
No manual entry for less
I broke up that long string command so it displays nicer, but WTH??? No manual entry for said man page? It just showed it?!? So I'm seriously lost here, I dont know whats going on. Any help would be very appreciated, I need my man pages

Oh yea, I have less but it doesnt seem to be working.

less verylongfile.txt
cat verylongfile.txt | less

both scroll right to the bottom of the file, its almost like less isn't doing anything. more works, less doesn't (at least not compared to what I 'thought' was less in Red Hat, Fedora, etc...). I reinstalled the package from slackware 10.0 CD, didnt solve the problem (man pages or less). BTW I have gtbl, less, echo, gunzip, bzip2, and nroff, I dont have mandoc in my PATH if thats a program.

Thanks.
 
Old 01-13-2005, 04:13 AM   #2
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I would try to upgrade udev package :
http://www.slackware.com/pb/searchfi...ring=udev&w=on
 
Old 01-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #3
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No sorry, I tried installing both those packages (and removed the previous versions) with pkgtool, no luck. Is there any way to use pkg-config to show dependencies? If I could check the dependencies taht man has maybe I can get this sucker figured out.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 12:19 AM   #4
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What kernel are you using? There was a problem in 2.6.9 with man not working right. For me, it also affected "less". It had something to do with tty's and pty's being referenced wrong in udev.rules. Wait I found the thread. Check this out. The next few posts in that thread should fix the problem. Let me know if it works.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 12:31 AM   #5
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FYI there are still some issues with man in 2.6.10 as well, much of what has been described is what i have encountered as well, and I did a full install of everything though.....
 
Old 01-14-2005, 12:39 AM   #6
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Same here. I just reinstalled (full) and upgraded to 2.6.10 but for me everything works. When I last upgraded to 2.6.9 I had the same problems. Wierd that some are having those issues with 2.6.10 and others aren't.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 04:21 AM   #7
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you have the same problem... the man page don't appear after compiling
i have kernel 2.6.10
 
  


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