[Mageia-dev] Switch to man-db

David Walser luigiwalser at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 18 15:53:06 CEST 2012

Oliver Burger <oliver.bgr at ...> writes:
> I saw at 
> that Mdv did switch from the old flat text based man pages to the 
> berkley db based man-db.
> According to http://nongnu.org/man-db/ several larger distros did switch 
> some time ago as well.
> So what do you think, should we follow them as well? I have yet to 
> really look into it, but I wanted to ask for opinions first, so I won't 
> be spending my time on nothing.

Yes, there are a few packages where other distros have switched to different
upstreams and we have fallen behind.  This is one of them that I had noticed,
and I do think we should follow suit.

Another is procps, and I already asked about this on this list and people
were in favor of switching to the new upstream, I just haven't gotten around
to working on it yet.

Another one I discovered is utempter.  Fedora and some others have switched to
a new upstream (who calls it libutempter, but the Fedora package name is still

I think Mandriva may have switched to a different upstream of libjpeg as well.

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