[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: man-db-2.6.7-2

Yaakov Selkowitz yselkowitz@cygwin.com
Fri Aug 15 14:20:00 GMT 2014

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?

How so?


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