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Re: Man page install location wrong on Mac OS X

From: Charles Bailey <bailey.charles_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-07-07 23:14:14 CEST

On 7/7/05, Greg Hudson <ghudson@mit.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-07-06 at 11:26 -0400, Jim Correia wrote:
> > On my stock Mac OS X 10.4 box, man wants man pages for binaries
> > located in /usr/local/bin to live in /usr/local/share/man. (See /usr/
> > share/misc/man.conf on said box.)
> >
> > By default make install places them at /usr/local/man.
> >
> > Can we have the default changed when building on Mac OS X? (I'd
> > prepare a patch, but I'm afraid I'm out of my element with autoconf,
> > etc.)
> I'm not sure what the right answer to this problem is, but making every
> autoconf'd package know about OSX's peculiarity seems like it's
> definitely the wrong answer.

FWIW, it's also (at least) common to RedHat and derivatives (as of
RH9; I haven't looked at a recent Fedora).

I'm still not sure there's a good way to anticipate this; there
certainly seems to be no consensus among different open-source
packages. I've just got into the habit of
ln -s /usr/local/share/man /usr/local/man when I first set up the box
to keep packages with differing mandir preferences happy.

Charles Bailey
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