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[Man-db-announce] man-db 2.5.8 released

From: Colin Watson
Subject: [Man-db-announce] man-db 2.5.8 released
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:26:02 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

I've released man-db 2.5.8.


man-db contains an implementation of the man command, which is the
primary way of examining the on-line help files (manual pages).  Other
utilities provided include the whatis and apropos commands for searching
the manual page database, the manpath utility for determining the manual
page search path, and the maintenance utilities mandb, catman and
zsoelim.  The package requires a troff installation, such as groff (GNU
troff) to format and display the manual pages.

About this release

This release reduces installation footprint by building much of man-db
as shared libraries, and permits building with an external libpipeline
(  man-db 2.6.0 will stop shipping its
own copy of libpipeline.  Among other things, this release fixes an
assertion failure on 'man -l', fixes catman saving corrupted pages in
some locales, and prevents mandb from repeatedly rescanning manual page
hierarchies on every run when a whatis entry turns into a broken link.

For full details of these and of the other improvements in this release,
please see the files NEWS and ChangeLog in the source distribution.


Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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