Man command not working as a ordinary user

George Magklaras georgios at
Wed Jan 21 11:15:46 UTC 2009

Try to see if permissions are preserved. Sometimes, especially if you 
use SELinux (do you?), permissions are not preserved. I would use star 
for this types of archiving moves and then make sure that the SELinux 
context is set appropriately( I had a similar problem with man pages 
before and SELinux)


George Magklaras BSc Hons MPhil

Senior Computer Systems Engineer/UNIX-Linux Systems Administrator
EMBnet Technical Management Board
The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo,
University of Oslo

Erling Ringen Elvsrud wrote:
> Hello,
> For instance "man ls" works as usual as root, but when executed as an ordinary
> user nothing appears exept "(END)" from the pager (less).
> I have used rpm -V on the man and man-pages pacakges without finding
> any changes and have also reinstalled both packages.
> The /var directory was moved from the root filesystem to its own a
> while ago, but I did not notice anything after. The files was moved
> from the old /var to the new with the following command: "cd /var; tar
> cpf - ./* | tar xvpf - -C /newvar/" so I think
> all permissions and ownerships should be correct. /var was later moved
> to /oldvar and /newvar to var.
> I cannot think of any other actions potentially interfering with man.
> Do you have any suggestions for where I can start looking for errors?
> Thanks,
> Erling

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