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    Default "man" command doesn't display help

    On my 11.2 m8 installation I can't seem to get "man" to display any results in a terminal. Everything that I try only returns a message saying that there is no manual entry.

    Any ideas on how to correct this? I checked in Yast and I have "man-pages" and "opensuse-manuals_en" installed. Perhaps I'm missing something?

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    Are you trying valid commands? 'man' pages do not come only with packages
    having 'man' in their name; these manuals come with the packages that need
    to be explained. Many (most?) commands have a man page associated. Try
    `man man` to get the manual for the man command. Also try `man ip` to get
    info on the 'ip' command. `man ls` should also be valid.

    Good luck.





    Gumper wrote:
    > On my 11.2 m8 installation I can't seem to get "man" to display any
    > results in a terminal. Everything that I try only returns a message
    > saying that there is no manual entry.
    >
    > Any ideas on how to correct this? I checked in Yast and I have
    > "man-pages" and "opensuse-manuals_en" installed. Perhaps I'm missing
    > something?
    >
    >

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    But there is sombody else with the same problem:

    openSUSE News openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Released
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    The best test always is:

    man man

    It should show you how to use 'man'
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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    "man man" does work. "man ls" was what I originally tried and nothing shows up for that. Seems kinda strange.

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    The 'ls' command, as well as its man page, come from the 'coreutils'
    package, at least on SLED 11. I imagine this package has the same name
    for OpenSUSE. With that in mind either coreutils is corrupt somehow or
    else man cannot find the man page. To verify the package:

    rpm -V coreutils ; echo $?

    Post the output, please. If that returns a zero then maybe your MANPATH
    is munged for some reason. Try the following lines (two of them... sorry
    about wrapping if MANPATH is not directly after export on the same line):

    export
    MANPATH=/usr/local/man:/usr/share/man:/usr/man:/opt/novell/man:/opt/novell/man
    man ls

    If that works then your problem is simply the MANPATH variable.

    Good luck.





    Gumper wrote:
    > "man man" does work. "man ls" was what I originally tried and nothing
    > shows up for that. Seems kinda strange.
    >
    >

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    Quote Originally Posted by ab@novell.com View Post
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    The 'ls' command, as well as its man page, come from the 'coreutils'
    package, at least on SLED 11. I imagine this package has the same name
    for OpenSUSE. With that in mind either coreutils is corrupt somehow or
    else man cannot find the man page. To verify the package:

    rpm -V coreutils ; echo $?

    Post the output, please. If that returns a zero then maybe your MANPATH
    is munged for some reason. Try the following lines (two of them... sorry
    about wrapping if MANPATH is not directly after export on the same line):

    export
    MANPATH=/usr/local/man:/usr/share/man:/usr/man:/opt/novell/man:/opt/novell/man
    man ls

    If that works then your problem is simply the MANPATH variable.

    Good luck.

    I tried the first command and it returned a zero. I tried the second command and then tried "man ls" and it still doesn't work. I'm assuming the coreutils are installed because the "ls" command works as it's supposed to.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    Are all the people, posting helpfull comments here, using 11.2 M8? Because that is where he (and others, see my earlier post) have problems with.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv
    Are all the people, posting helpfull comments here, using 11.2 M8?
    Because that is where he (and others, see my earlier post) have problems
    with.
    Hi
    man command in m8 were working for me, on RC1 now though and I never
    built a vmware machine for m8.

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    Default Re: "man" command doesn't display help

    As a follow up, "man ls" now works for me. I'm not sure why it works now, I didn't do anything different.

    I'm wondering if the daily cron for "mandb" has to run first. I think this has something to do with the manuals.

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