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[Man-db-announce] man-db 2.5.0 released

From: Colin Watson
Subject: [Man-db-announce] man-db 2.5.0 released
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 19:29:40 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

I've released man-db 2.5.0.


man-db contains an implementation of the man command, which is the
primary way of examining the on-line help files (manual pages). Other
utilities provided include the whatis and apropos commands for searching
the manual page database, the manpath utility for determining the manual
page search path, and the maintenance utilities mandb, catman and
zsoelim. The package requires a troff installation, such as groff (GNU
troff) to format and display the manual pages.

About this release

This release adds database handling for non-English manual hierarchies
and makes a number of other significant improvements relevant to
non-English manual pages, including support for installing localised
pages in directories without a country specification (e.g.
/usr/share/man/fr.UTF-8) in cases where specifying the country is

man-db can now use zlib to decompress gzipped files, and most of its
uses of temporary files have been removed, allowing use with a read-only
/tmp during system recovery.

For full details of these and of the other improvements in this release,
please see the files docs/NEWS and docs/ChangeLog in the source


Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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