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Re: What use are these (rpm) entries in 'man'?

On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, Chris G wrote:

> When I do a "man -k <xxxx>" on my Fedora 7 system to search for
> documentation about something I get quite a few responses which have
> "(rpm)" as the manual section.  These seem to be of little use becuase
> there isn't an actual corresponding man page as far as I can see.
> For example if I say "man -k doc" (not a very sensible idea given the
> amount of output it generates!) at the end of the list I see:-
>     tiff2pdf             (1)  - convert a TIFF image to a PDF document ugetrlimit [undocumented] (2)  - undocumented system calls
>     xml2po               (1)  - program to create a PO-template file from a DocBook XML file and merge it back into a (translated) XML file
>     xmlwf                (1)  - Determines if an XML document is well-formed
>     xorg-x11-docs       (rpm) - X.Org X11 documentation
>     yelp                (rpm) - A system documentation reader from the Gnome project
> Now "man tiff2pdf", "man xml2po" and "man xmlwf" produce some useful
> (?) output but "man xorg-x11-docs" and "man yelp" just say "No
> manual entry for <xxxx>".
> So what is the point of these (rpm) entries?  Do they somehow
> indicate that there is some sort of documentation there, if so how
> do I get at it?

$ man rpm yelp

Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA


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