DO NOT REPLY [Bug 7941] New: Formatting bug in rsync man page? (man -k, whatis, catman -w)

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Mon Jan 31 09:34:18 MST 2011

           Summary: Formatting bug in rsync man page? (man -k, whatis,
                    catman -w)
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.7
          Platform: Sparc
        OS/Version: Solaris
            Status: NEW
          Severity: minor
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: johnggilmartin at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at

As previously posted to rsync mailing list, but received no responses to
indicate whether this is unintended behaviour or not...


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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