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Hi, Not able to view the man pages for the linux shell commands. For ex: when I enter # man printf The following response was obtained XXX XXX WARNING: old ...
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    Not able to view the man pages


    Hi,

    Not able to view the man pages for the linux shell commands.

    For ex: when I enter

    # man printf

    The following response was obtained

    XXX
    XXX WARNING: old character encoding and/or character set
    XXX
    (END)

    I tried googling on this issue
    with the string "WARNING: old character encoding and/or character set".The results were
    not discussing a solution for this type of error.

    Can you kindly provide me some tips on solving this problem??.

    Linux distro: Fedora 5

    linuxFresher

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    problems viewing man pages

    hello,

    it looks to me as if you have permission problems on /usr/bin/iconv
    to fix this, please run (as root):
    # chmod ugo+x /usr/bin/iconv

    or, if you are in sudoers,
    $ sudo chmod ugo+x /usr/bin/iconv

    i also ran into this same problem, and googled around just as you did, and landed on this post.

    this fixed the problem, hope it helps

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    I have the same issue but doing a chmod does not help. BTW, I am using CentOS 4.6 for which there is no iconv or libiconv available. So I have compiled on my own installed in /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/lib and both are in PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH

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    Just as an experiment try:

    $ locate man/man

    Then pick one of the results and do:

    $ man /path/man/man/..... What happens?
    All power is violence; all power is evil.
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    well:

    [root@dune ~]# man /usr/share/man/man8/grub.8.gz
    gives same error..

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    Thumbs up XXX WARNING: old character encoding and/or character set

    Delete the file named "XXX" in your home directory .

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    Quote Originally Posted by raseeler View Post
    Delete the file named "XXX" in your home directory
    There is no directory named XXX. Are you sure what you are talking about ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnuld_aqua View Post
    There is no directory named XXX. Are you sure what you are talking about ?
    Ooops......sorry tht was not the solution...tht file was created wen i was tryting to solve th issue...still not able to figure out wats th solution

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    Is the MANPATH environment variable set?
    Code:
    $ export MANPATH=/path:/path1/etc..
    All power is violence; all power is evil.
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    Yes, MANPATH variable is set in /etc/profile.

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