Bug 7941 - Formatting bug in rsync man page? (man -k, whatis, catman -w)
Summary: Formatting bug in rsync man page? (man -k, whatis, catman -w)
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.0.7
Hardware: Sparc Solaris
: P3 minor (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-01-31 10:34 UTC by John Gilmartin
Modified: 2011-06-04 19:54 UTC (History)
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Description John Gilmartin 2011-01-31 10:34:17 UTC
As previously posted to rsync mailing list, but received no responses to indicate whether this is unintended behaviour or not...


I installed rsync package SMCrsync v3.0.7 SPARC and although command
man rsync worked, man -k rsync and whatis rsync did not despite the
fact that I had run a catman -w to rebuild the windex databases. After
reading the catman man page, I suspected it might be due to the
formatting of the line following .SH "NAME" in the man page file
/usr/local/share/man/man1/rsync.1. I changed it from…
       rsync \(em a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool
… to…
       rsync \- a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool
… and then ran catman –w again and it had the desired result, i.e. fixed.

The rsync bug-tracking page on rsync's website suggests discussing any
suspected bugs on this list so I thought I'd do that before going all
guns blazing and raising a bug report.

John Gilmartin

This is on Solaris 10 SPARC Update 8 with recommended patch cluster
30th Nov 2010...

root@myhost:/# uname -a
SunOS myhost 5.10 Generic_144488-04 sun4u sparc SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise
root@myhost:/# pkginfo -l SMCrsync
  PKGINST:  SMCrsync
     NAME:  rsync
 CATEGORY:  application
     ARCH:  sparc
  VERSION:  3.0.7
  BASEDIR:  /usr/local
   VENDOR:  The Rsync Group
   PSTAMP:  Steve Christensen
 INSTDATE:  Jan 13 2011 15:12
    EMAIL:  steve@smc.vnet.net
   STATUS:  completely installed
    FILES:       25 installed pathnames
                  5 shared pathnames
                  8 directories
                  1 executables
               1711 blocks used (approx)

Comment 1 Wayne Davison 2011-06-04 19:54:35 UTC
I've gotten rid of the \(em from the manpages.  Thanks!