Formatting bug in rsync man page? (man -k, whatis, catman -w)

John Gilmartin johnggilmartin at
Thu Jan 13 10:10:20 MST 2011

Hi guys, I'm new to this mailing list as I just came across a small
problem after installing the rsync package on one of our Solaris 10

I installed rsync package SMCrsync v3.0.7 SPARC and although command
man rsync worked, man -k rsync and whatis rsync did not despite the
fact that I had run a catman -w to rebuild the windex databases. After
reading the catman man page, I suspected it might be due to the
formatting of the line following .SH "NAME" in the man page file
/usr/local/share/man/man1/rsync.1. I changed it from…
	rsync \(em a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool
… to…
	rsync \- a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool
… and then ran catman –w again and it had the desired result, i.e. fixed.

The rsync bug-tracking page on rsync's website suggests discussing any
suspected bugs on this list so I thought I'd do that before going all
guns blazing and raising a bug report.

John Gilmartin

This is on Solaris 10 SPARC Update 8 with recommended patch cluster
30th Nov 2010...

root at myhost:/# uname -a
SunOS myhost 5.10 Generic_144488-04 sun4u sparc SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise
root at myhost:/# pkginfo -l SMCrsync
   PKGINST:  SMCrsync
      NAME:  rsync
  CATEGORY:  application
      ARCH:  sparc
   VERSION:  3.0.7
   BASEDIR:  /usr/local
    VENDOR:  The Rsync Group
    PSTAMP:  Steve Christensen
  INSTDATE:  Jan 13 2011 15:12
     EMAIL:  steve at
    STATUS:  completely installed
     FILES:       25 installed pathnames
                   5 shared pathnames
                   8 directories
                   1 executables
                1711 blocks used (approx)

root at myhost:/#

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