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Re^4: docs for CPAN

by cmac (Monk)
on Feb 09, 2009 at 16:57 UTC ( #742485=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: docs for CPAN
in thread docs for CPAN

All documentation to the contrary, setting $MANPATH in my login file did not solve my problem of 'man' not being able to see the page posted by 'sudo make install'. But the 'man 7 man' output mentioned '/etc/manpath.config'. Adding a line
MANDATORY_MANPATH /usr/local/share/man/
to this file did the trick. It made the documentation of all of the Perl modules that I've installed over the years, visible with 'man' as well as with 'perldoc'.

What Unix/Linux needs is not so much more drivers for trendy new devices, as reform/centralization of its sprawling mess of configuration files and diffuse technical details. Make new jobs by improving Unix/Linux infrastructure! Add this to the stimulus package! :-)


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Re^5: docs for CPAN
by jethro (Monsignor) on Feb 10, 2009 at 02:20 UTC

    Did you check MANPATH after you set it?

    There are two traps you might have fallen into:

    1. If you have sh or bash as login shell, you need to use 'export' so that the environment variable gets distributed from the login shell to all subshells. I.e. export MANPATH=${MANPATH}:/usr/local/share/man/

    2. Depending on your login shell the file to put the command into might have the name '.login' or (in case of bash) '.profile'

    I'm pretty sure that if you had MANPATH set as intented you would have seen your manpage.

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