Can't read any man page

Bug #653845 reported by Kemel Zaidan aka Legendario on 2010-10-02
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
guake (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: man-db

I just can't read any man page on maverick. Trying to type man gives me this error message:

$ man nano
TERM environment variable needs set.
man: o comando encerrou com estado 1: pager -s

$ echo $TERM

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: man-db 2.5.7-4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.33-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Oct 2 20:08:36 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
SourcePackage: man-db

It seems this problem only happens in guake.

affects: man-db (Ubuntu) → guake (Ubuntu)

I don't know why but the problem seems to be the $TERM variable set for guake. Once I exported xterm in it, the problem was solved. I just need to find out how to set this as permanent.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I expect that it also depends which pager you're using. less complains about TERM=dumb but proceeds in a degraded mode anyway.

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