[OpenIndiana-discuss] Dashes messed up in man pages on OpenIndiana oi_147

Albert Lee trisk at opensolaris.org
Mon Nov 8 21:00:46 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM, Alan Coopersmith
<alan.coopersmith at oracle.com> wrote:
> Hillel Lubman wrote:
>> I just noticed, that man pages started to look strangely. For example *man
>> ls* produces:
>>      --a --all
>>           do not ignore entries starting with .
>>      --A --almost--al
>>           do not list implied . and ..
>>      --author
>>           with --l print the author of each file
>>      --b --escape
>>           print C-style escapes for nongraphic characters
>> Note the double dash --a. Those double dashes are all around. I.e. every
>> dash seems to be shown as double (also it's not two symbols - it's actually
>> one character).
>> What can be causing it?
> Use of groff instead of Solaris nroff for man page formatting.
> Try putting /usr/bin ahead of /usr/gnu/bin in $PATH.
> --
>        -Alan Coopersmith-        alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
>         Oracle Solaris Platform Engineering: X Window System

This is a known issue and will be fixed in the next release:

Alan's workaround is correct.


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