Re: man pages: dangling symlinks?

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As usual I end up thanking paul.

Thanks Paul,

:-)

f(t)

On 5/5/11, Paul Hartman <paul.hartman+maemo@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Francisco Diaz Trepat - gmail
> <francisco.diaztrepat@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi just out of curiousity I apt-get installed man to see man pages for
>> the mplayer or other program
>>
>> the instalation threw a lot of:
>>
>> Updating index cache for path `/opt/man/fr/man1'. Wait...mandb:
>> warning: /opt/man/fr/man1/ex.1.gz is a dangling symlink
>> mandb: warning: /opt/man/fr/man1/fakeroot.1.gz is a dangling symlink
>> mandb: warning: /opt/man/fr/man1/vi.1.gz is a dangling symlink
>> mandb: warning: /opt/man/fr/man1/view.1.gz is a dangling symlink
>> mandb: warning: /opt/man/fr/man1/faked.1.gz is a dangling symlink
>>
>>
>> 3 questions:
>>
>> 1) what are dangling symlinks?
>
> It is a way of saying the target of the symlink does not exist.
>
>> 2) are they bad?
>
> Only if you are trying to read the manpage that does not exist. :)
>
>> 3) should I correct my installation due to these messages?
>
> The cause could be related to the removal of documentation from some
> packages, maybe the manpage alternative is defined by the package but
> the actual man page is not installed to the filesystem. If you don't
> need to read one of those 4 manpages then I don't think it's anything
> to worry about.
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