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Re: A bug in makewhatis?

Hello Igor -

I really can't answer your questions now. I rolled my version of "makewhatis" back to one with a date of 12/16/2002 and everything works fine again. As I recall, the permissions on the whatis file were the usual -rw-r--r--. I know I was shown as the owner. I was able to delete the file manually using "rm" from within Cygwin. It was always created just as the makewhatis tool started.

As I said, the older version of makewhatis works without problems.

- Jack

Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
On Thu, 1 May 2003, John R Lyon wrote:

After a recent upgrade of Cygwin, I find that "makewhatis" does not
terminate normally.

This error message appears twice:

/usr/sbin/makewhatis: line 355: /var/cache/man/whatis: cannot overwrite
existing file

and it creates a zero-length file called "whatis" in /var/cache/man.
I've removed this file prior to running makewhatis only to have it
reappear in its zero-length condition when makewhatis terminates

This happens on both XP and Win 2000 installations of Cygwin.
- Jack


What are the permissions on that zero-length file?  Are you logging in as
a domain user?  Is that user in /etc/passwd?  Are all the relevant groups
in /etc/group?  Please attach the output of "cygcheck -svr" as per
<>, and post the output of "ls -l
/var/cache/man/whatis" and "ls -ld /var/cache/man".

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