[OS X TeX] MANPATH, MANPATH_MAP and i-Packages
cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Fri Sep 8 15:45:44 CEST 2006
On Sep 8, 2006, at 5:45 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> I think this issue has already been raised, but I'm not quite sure
> what the answer/solution was.
Yes, this came up a little over a month ago. There should be some
discussion in the archives.
> Problem is, the other i-Packages put their executables inside /usr/
> local/bin and their man pages inside /usr/local/man, not /usr/local/
> share/man as expected by man.conf. Hence, the man pages are not
> found. I realized this when trying "man tiff2ps", where /usr/local/
> bin/tiff2ps and /usr/local/man/man1/tiff2ps.1 had indeed been
> installed by the libtiff i-Package (aka TIFF Reference Library).
In my view, these installers are broken. The default configuration of
Mac OS X is to map /usr/local/bin -> /usr/local/share/man, and
installers should respect this. So the "real" fix is to fix the
I think the choice of /usr/local/share/man over /usr/local/man is to
keep the structure of /usr/local parallel to /usr. There is no /usr/
man, all the man pages for /usr/bin are in /usr/share/man.
> What would be the best solution:
> - Comment out the offending line
>> MANPATH_MAP /usr/local/bin /usr/local/share/man
> in man.conf, so that the default association of /usr/local/bin and /
> usr/local/man is restored.
This will lead to the same problem if you later install something
that puts its man pages in /usr/local/share/man, so it doesn't seem
like a good solution.
> - Or create a symlink /usr/local/share/man to /usr/local/man.
After some googling, I came across this page: <http://
www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#USRLOCALSHARE1>, which seems to
support the symlink solution. There's also this gnu page: <http://
talks about the standard location of many things in the / hierarchy
under unix (at least in the gnu view!).
> Any thoughts?
When I came up against this, I just moved everything from /usr/local/
man to /usr/local/share/man. Obviously, this is a fragile solution,
you have to repeat it if you install some more man pages in /usr/
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