[OS X TeX] Re: [Fink-users] MANPATH

Martin Costabel costabel at wanadoo.fr
Fri Oct 4 07:23:12 EDT 2002

Juan Fal wrote:
>     New Jaguar scheme of access man pages differs from the previous 
>and collides with it!
>the MANPATH environment variable should not be set at all since now 
>man finds the pages based in "manpath" and /etc/manpath.conf 

It is clear that fink has to do something about this, but it is not 
immediately clear what. IIUC the new scheme for the manpath 
configuration allows only the one config file /etc/manpath.conf.

Modifying this would be against fink's philosophy, and for good 
reasons. As long as it is not possible to teach manpath to use 
another config file, for example in /sw/etc/, fink needs to set 
MANPATH. It just should set it by using `manpath -q` as one of the 
components. This has to be done after teh PATH variable is set.

AFAICT, the only problem so far is with Gerben Wierda's tetex package 
in /usr/local, and this problem could be solved by modifying fink's 
system-tetex package so that it sets this MANPATH component in its 
shell startup script in /sw/etc/profile.d/

>I am not sure about this because I am not a following each update, but must I
>     source /sw/bin/init.csh
>in my ~/.login ?
>/sw/bin/init.csh _does_ set MANPATH:
>% grep MANPATH /sw/bin/init.csh
>if ( $?MANPATH) then
>   setenv MANPATH /sw/share/man:/sw/man:${MANPATH}:/usr/X11R6/man
>   setenv MANPATH 
>     Systems like tetex does conflict with this since they use the 
>current scheme.


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