[OS X TeX] $MANPATH (again??)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Aug 12 10:46:59 CEST 2005

Le 12 août 05 à 04:28, mark oilcan a écrit :

> --- Bruno Voisin <bvoisin at mac.com> wrote:
>> But I would have believed the modification wasn't necessary: if we
>> are to believe what the comments in man.conf say:
>>      # If people ask for "man foo" and have "/dir/bin/foo" in their
>>      # and the docs are found in "/dir/man", then no mapping is
>> required.
>> then, provided a binary program is in /usr/local/bin/, a man page
>> inside /usr/local/man/ should be found automatically (I verified the
>> NOAUTOPATH flag is indeed commented out in man.conf). Which should
>> apply, in particular, to "convert".
>> Is there something broken, or did I just misunderstood?
> Note that by including the line:
>      MANPATH_MAP /usr/local/bin  /usr/local/share/man
> the default mapping (to /usr/local/man) is overridden.

This is indeed what was causing grief. Doing now, in Terminal,

     sudo pico /usr/share/misc/man.conf

removing my former manual addition of

      MANPATH /usr/local/man

commenting out (with a #) the default line

     MANPATH_MAP /usr/local/bin /usr/local/share/man

and saving these modifications, I get now

     legimc11:~ brunovoisin$ manpath

And "man convert" does indeed work!

Thus it's Apple which ships a man.conf with a broken (or, at least,  
odd) setup.

Many thanks,

Bruno Voisin 
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