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ESC x man and "man -k"

From: Joseph Brenner
Subject: ESC x man and "man -k"
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:07:59 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.90 (gnu/linux)

I've always liked the man feature:
  man -k <search_term>
Which does something like an "apropos" search on man pages.

I used to use this feature often inside of emacs, first doing an
  ESC x man
then at the prompt, entering:
  -k <search_term>

Now, with a recent "cvs emacs" (soon to be called "bizarre emacs", I fear),
I find that I can't type the space after the -k. 

Is this supposed to be a feature?  How can I fix it?

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