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makewhatis -s option can't take >1 parameters
- From: Matthew Carter <r_q_einstein-cygwin at yahoo dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 15:21:31 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: makewhatis -s option can't take >1 parameters
I found that the "-s" option to makewhatis cannot take
multiple sections. If you try to supply multiple
sections, they are incorrectly interpreted as a
% makewhatis -s '1 2'
No such directory 2
You might wonder why anyone would ever want to use
"-s". (A comment in the code says that it might be
obsoleted soon.) I need to use "-s" because section
8c, containing imapd, is not supplied in the default
section list. However, if I use "makewhatis -s 8c"
alone, the whatis database loses information about all
the other sections. I need to be able to run
"makewhatis -s '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n l 8c'".
I looked into the source, and determined that there is
a simple fix. The problem is caused by the use of $*
in a 'for' loop to reference the command-line
arguments. This causes any argument that contains
multiple words to become multiple arguments. The "$@"
construct is specifically designed to work around
this: bash expands "$@" to a quoted word for every
Thus, changing line 71 from:
for name in $*
for name in "$@"
solves the problem.
This is based on a fresh download of the stable branch
from redhat.com from a couple hours ago:
% cygcheck -s
Cygwin Win95/NT Configuration Diagnostics
Current System Time: Tue Dec 09 18:01:59 2003
Windows 2000 Professional Ver 5.0 Build 2195 Service
% cygcheck -c man
Cygwin Package Information
Package Version Status
man 1.5j-2 OK
I hope this is helpful.
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