Missing /opt/local/share/man/whatis DB

Stephen Baber sbaber66 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 23:53:39 UTC 2017

Hi MacPorts architects/maintainers,

Author of JPortsUI here.  I have built features into the next version
of my application that use the "whatis" DB to describe the executable
files installed after MacPorts completes a "port install foo".
Presently I am letting the user know that this feature won't work for
them until they Terminal in and run "sudo /usr/libexec/makewhatis

My question is, were there configuration consequences that MacPorts
needed to avoid as the reason it does not "makewhatis" itself upon
updating or installing ports?  All I can foresee is that the
additional information might change expected responses from "apropos"
(which would never be used in a production shell script anyway).
Should I not even be encouraging my users to run "makewhatis" in your
"/opt/local/share/man/" directory?


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