|Summary:||man pages use funny characters|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Public Beta||Reporter:||ctm|
|Component:||groff||Assignee:||Florian La Roche <laroche>|
|Status:||CLOSED RAWHIDE||QA Contact:||Ben Levenson <benl>|
|Version:||phoebe||CC:||ltroan, michael.wardle, mitr, p.van.egdom, tao, twaugh, twoerner|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2003-02-06 16:00:04 UTC||Type:||---|
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Description ctm 2003-01-01 00:36:22 UTC
Description of problem: man pages now use something other than a - (0x2d) in places where a dash has been previously used. This makes it hard to search for a given command line option using / from the pager or from xemacs. M-x man in xemacs results in man pages with something other than the normal - to represent the character that introduces a command line switch. As such, interactive searching, e.g. using C-s fails when you try to look up a command line switch option the obvious way Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): man-1.5j-12 (although it's probably not a bug in man itself--that's just where I see the problem) How reproducible: 100% Steps to Reproduce: 1. man man 2. /-C 3. Actual results: Pattern not found Expected results: Portions of the man man page containing -C should be highlighted Additional info: in emacs it's even worse; the dashes result in a bunch of \342\210\... junk
Comment 1 Michael Wardle 2003-01-14 03:43:27 UTC
This is possibly related to -- or the cause of -- bug 75193, which is related to man and groff and owned by email@example.com.
Comment 2 Eido Inoue 2003-01-14 04:38:51 UTC
yes, we've confirmed that it is a groff bug. the following approach (to be added in man.local and mdoc.local) until programs can handle Unicode hyphens correctly: .if '\*[.T]'utf8' \ . char \- \N'45'
Comment 3 Eido Inoue 2003-01-14 04:39:31 UTC
I meant that it's not a groff bug, but rather the workaround is done in groff.
Comment 4 Miloslav Trmac 2003-01-14 08:04:49 UTC
Using the "real" hyphen is maybe OK for groff, but doesn't help when you want to search and/or cut&paste an option name, because most of us have no "hyphen" key on our keyboards.
Comment 5 Florian La Roche 2003-01-14 10:29:46 UTC
Ok, groff-1.18.1-6 should have this finally resolved. I'll copy the src.rpm in a second to http://people.redhat.com/laroche, let me know if this does not work for you. The changes from above are already in our rpm, but do not get properly applied. greetings, Florian La Roche
Comment 6 ctm 2003-01-14 22:42:09 UTC
groff-1.18.1-6 from http://people.redhat.com/laroche did not help, and in the xemacs case it made things worse. Now if I say M-x man man the status line says man man (cleaning...) and xemacs runs forever. doing a man man in a gnome-terminal results in a question mark being printed where the minus sign should be. I'm using groff-1.18.1-6 (from laroche) and xemacs-21.4.10-6 (from rawhide) If I back off to groff-1.18.1-1 from the Phoebe ISO, the running forever and question mark both go away, so groff-1.18.1-6 is indeed the culprit here.
Comment 7 Florian La Roche 2003-01-15 11:21:24 UTC
This one is hunting me... release 7 is another try and I again see no problems on the console. I have not tried xemacs with this. greetings, Florian La Roche
Comment 8 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-26 10:36:38 UTC
Florian, groff-1.18.1-7 does not fix the manpage bug : - "man nfsstat" in konsole shows [strange character] [spaces] [description of option]. - "man nfsstat" in xterm shows [option] [spaces] [description of option]. - "man nfsstat" in gnome-terminal shows [question mark] [option] [spaces] [description of option] - "man nfsstat" in a text console shows [option] [description of option]. *The only way* for me to view a manpage correctly is "man <foo> |col -b |less". "man nfsstat |col -b |less" shows [option] [hyphen] [spaces] [description of option]. - man-1.5k-2 - Red Hat Linux release 8.0.93 (Phoebe) - LANG="nl_NL.UTF-8" - SUPPORTED="nl_NL.UTF-8:nl_NL:nl:en_US.UTF-8:en_US:en" - SYSFONT="latarcyrheb-sun16"
Comment 9 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-26 11:55:21 UTC
Hmmgbf... I'll have to correct myself on comment #8. "man snmpwalk |col -b" also results in garbage output : <snip> EXAMPLE The command: snmpwalkOscâpublicvâ1 zeus system will retrieve all of the variables under system: <snip>
Comment 10 Tim Waugh 2003-01-29 16:08:01 UTC
Created attachment 89681 [details] groff-1.18.1-multichar.patch This patch fixes it for me.
Comment 11 Tim Waugh 2003-01-29 17:27:29 UTC
*** Bug 80544 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Bill Nottingham 2003-01-29 17:32:38 UTC
*** Bug 83023 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Larry Troan 2003-01-29 17:42:34 UTC
THIS IS ISSUE TRACKER 14333, ENTERED BY DELL DURING GINGIN BETA4 AS SEVERITY 2.
Comment 14 David Balažic 2003-01-30 17:55:24 UTC
This is what I see on a fresh phoebe2 ( 8.0.93 ) system : Running screen on VT2 as root; man init -> missing hyphens in the synopsis line. similar problem in man sysctl and man nm. man blockdev -> "-<a little sqare>setro" is displayed Versions : screen-3.9.13-2 groff-1.18.1-7 SysVinit-2.84-7 man-1.5k-2 procps-2.0.10-4 binutils-188.8.131.52.16-3 util-linux-2.11y-2
Comment 15 Peter van Egdom 2003-02-02 11:32:10 UTC
Upgrading to "groff-1.18.1-9" solves _some_ of the reported problems with manpages, however : "man snmpwalk" in konsole and gnome-terminal seems fixed, but not in xterm. "man nfsstat" in konsole and gnome-terminal seems fixed, but not in xterm. "man crontab" in konsole, gnome-terminal, xterm and virtual console still shows strange characters. "man init" in konsole shows corruption on the second line of description and a missing "-" in xterm.
Comment 16 Tim Waugh 2003-02-03 14:34:28 UTC
The theme seems to be underlined UTF-8 characters still being broken.
Comment 17 Tim Waugh 2003-02-03 17:59:08 UTC
Comment 18 Tim Waugh 2003-02-05 15:08:03 UTC
Can you still see problems with groff-1.18.1-10 and less-378-7 (both in rawhide now)?
Comment 19 ctm 2003-02-05 16:15:57 UTC
groff-1.18.1-10 and less-378-6 (I didn't see less-378-7 on the rawhide mirror) seem to solve the problems I've seen. My testing so far has been light, but I use the machine with phoebe 2 on it a lot and will keep my eye out for any remaining glitches.
Comment 20 Tim Waugh 2003-02-05 17:09:31 UTC
less-378-7 is what you want. Hold out for that.
Comment 21 ctm 2003-02-06 04:56:34 UTC
OK. I picked up and installed less-378-7 and the problems still appear solved, but my use of less is very lightly tested, since I almost always read man pages under xemacs.
Comment 22 Jay Turner 2003-02-06 16:00:04 UTC
Things look pretty good with the re0206.nightly tree. Closing out.