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

Richard L. Hamilton rlhamil at smart.net
Thu Jun 22 03:09:20 UTC 2017

And ideally, anything that installs (or removes) man pages from a man page directory should, after installing (or removing) the pages, run makewhatis, e.g.

/usr/libexec/makewhatis /opt/local/'share/man

to regenerate the index for that man page hierarchy.

That would (assuming /opt/local/share/man is in MANPATH or in /etc/manpaths or an /etc/manpaths.d file) allow "whatis" (or man -k) to find the pages.

It's not perfect; some man pages may not play nice with it.  But if you don't run makewhatis, it definitely won't work.

> On Jun 21, 2017, at 22:48, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Jun 2017, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Other developers may have other answers as to why MacPorts doesn't do
>> this, but for myself, the answer is that I'm not aware of makewhatis or
>> what it does.
> It's a basic Unix command; it rebuilds the manpage indices.  Got to your
> favourite shell window and type "whatis man", for example.
> --
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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