Re: problems with man2hlp

Brad Cowan wrote:
----- Original Message -----
From: Pavel Roskin <proski gnu org>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 03:01:29 -0500 (EST)
To: Brad Cowan <bcowan gentoo org>
Subject: Re: problems with man2hlp


        I am a developer working with Gentoo Linux, and we been having
problems compiling 4.6.0_pre1 snapshots. This problem arises with
man2hlp, when trying to transform the man pages to help files this
program will totally fill up the build partition/dir on various machines
to which I have not been able to find a common link.  Any advice would
be appreciated as the snapshots seem to fix alot of problems and are
coming along nicely.

I have never seen this bug.  Maybe my yesterday's fix helps:

2002-11-11 Pavel Roskin <proski gnu org> ,,,
       * man2hlp.c: Warning fixes.  size_t can be unsigned.

Try man2hlp.c from CVS, and if it's still broken, I'll have a closer look.
You can get it from LXR:

Pavel Roskin

After further testing, and doing what u suggested, the filling of entire partition is still happening.

../../src/man2hlp mc.1 ./xnc.hlp
This is where the compile does this on the boxes in question.

Can you test attached patch?

Andrew V. Samoilov
--- man2hlp.c.ori       Tue Nov 12 09:39:40 2002
+++ man2hlp.c   Wed Nov 13 16:49:17 2002
@@ -780,6 +780,12 @@ main (int argc, char **argv)
     cont_start = ftell (f_out);
+    if (cont_start == -1){
+       perror ("ftell fails");
+       return 1;
+    }
     if (topics)
        fprintf (f_out, "\004[Contents]\n%s\n\n", topics);

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