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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: man-db-2.6.7-2
- From: Yaakov Selkowitz <yselkowitz at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:20:39 -0500
- Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: man-db-2.6.7-2
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On 2014-08-15 07:22, Michael DePaulo wrote:
This release removes the cache database generation from the postinstall step
due to its often excessive length. Users will need to manage the database
themselves with mandb(1) in order to use whatis/apropos(1).
IMHO, this sounds like a serious decrease in Cygwin's usability.
How do Linux distributions handle this? Linux distros install many
more packages by default, so doesn't their cache database generation
typically take much longer?
Exactly why they don't seem to do it during postinstall either. For
example, in Fedora this is handled by a cron job. A future release may
add that functionality, but it is clear that postinstall is the wrong
place for it.
Also, should documentation (or perhaps the info a user sees when they
start Cygwin for the 1st time) be updated?
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