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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: man-db-2.6.7-2

On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM, Yaakov Selkowitz <> wrote:
> The following packages have been updated in the Cygwin distribution:
> * man-db-2.6.7-2
> man-db is an implementation of the standard Unix documentation system
> accessed using the man command. It uses a Berkeley DB database in place of
> the traditional flat-text whatis databases.
> This release removes the cache database generation from the postinstall step
> due to its often excessive length.  Users will need to manage the database
> themselves with mandb(1) in order to use whatis/apropos(1).
> --
> Yaakov
> (on behalf of Chris Breisch)

IMHO, this sounds like a serious decrease in Cygwin's usability.

How do Linux distributions handle this? Linux distros install many
more packages by default, so doesn't their cache database generation
typically take much longer?

Also, should documentation (or perhaps the info a user sees when they
start Cygwin for the 1st time) be updated?


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