Man page problems when not root

Man page problems when not root

Post by Karl Henders » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00



For some reason when I am not root and I try to get a man page on certain
subjects, I get the following message:

Quote:> Formatting page. Wait...Problems setting effective uid

I did a "which man" and found man to be in /usr/local/bin.  When I did a long
listing of /usr/local/bin/man, I found the suid set for both owner (root) and
group (system).  I then thought that something may be wrong with the
permissions of the man pages themselves.  I did an long listing of ls.1 and
socket.2 and the permissions are identical, yet I have no problem accessing a
man page on ls and I do have a problem accessing socket.2.

Any help is much appreciated.  I'm getting frustrated having to "su root"
every time I need to read a man page.

Regards,

Karl Henderson

 
 
 

Man page problems when not root

Post by Andries Brouw » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00


: For some reason when I am not root and I try to get a man page on certain
: subjects, I get the following message:

::  Formatting page. Wait...Problems setting effective uid

That string does not occur in man-1.4*. Maybe you are running
some form of mandb.

: I did an long listing of ls.1 and socket.2 and the permissions
: are identical, yet I have no problem accessing a
: man page on ls and I do have a problem accessing socket.2.

Most versions of man store formatted versions under /usr/man/cat*
or /vat/catman/*. It may be that you cannot (or can only) access
preformatted pages.

 
 
 

1. Standard man pages to "Catted" man pages!

To Anyone Interested:

        How does one take a standard "troff"ed (?) man page that comes
with a package off the net (ending in .1, .2, etc) and turn in into a
compressed, "cat"ted man page (ending in .1.Z, .2.Z, etc) that are
stored in the directory /usr/man/catN (N = 1,2,3,...) that can be read
by the standard man utility that comes with the SLS distribution?  I'm
sure that this is trivial to do, and is probably written down
SOMEWHERE, but I've got only so many hours a day I can spend reading
FAQs and HOWTOs.  Thanx in advance...
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