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Re: Problem with makewhatis

At 09:23 AM 2/1/2003 +0100, Bernadette et Luc Henninger wrote:

I have problem with "makewhatis" that may be related to "sh":

$ /usr/sbin/makewhatis -v -u
/usr/sbin/makewhatis: cannot create /dev/stderr: directory nonexistent

$ bash /usr/sbin/makewhatis -v -u
about to enter /usr/man

$ cygcheck -c man bash ash
Cygwin Package Information
Package             Version
ash                 20020731-1
bash                2.05b-8
man                 1.5j-1
You can work around this either by changing the shebang line to "#!/usr/bin/bash", or changing line 141 from:

echo "about to enter $mandir" > /dev/stderr


echo "about to enter $mandir" >&2

which does the same thing AFAICT but is ash-friendly. A correct and complete fix would also change the references to /dev/stderr inside the gawk invocation.

While you're in there, you might consider changing "rm -rf" to "rm -r" to avoid the much-discussed rm hang issue (lines 62 and 363).


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